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The All-American

The All-American

DALLAS -- Belmont center fielder Guy Lipscomb was named an All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association on Wednesday, earning a spot on the 2022 NCBWA All-America Third Team. 

Lipscomb is the first Bruin since Matt Beaty and Drew Ferguson in 2015 to earn a spot on a NCBWA All-America Team, and the first Belmont baseball player since Nick Egli in 2017 to earn All-American status. 

Lipscomb, a sophomore center fielder, was named 2022 OVC Player of the Year after leading the Bruins to their first OVC Regular Season championship this past season. The native of Franklin, Tenn., ranked 9th in the country in batting average (.406), 5th in stolen bases (42), and ranked 2nd in the OVC in on-base percentage (.484). 

The native of Franklin, Tenn., became the first player in NCAA Division I since 2011 (Bryson Miles, Stephen F. Austin) to hit at least .400 and steal at least 40 bases in a single season. 

Lipscomb shattered the Belmont record for stolen bases in a single season (42) breaking the previous mark of 30 that was held by Matt Reynolds (2005), and set the new NCAA-era program record for batting average (.406) eclipsing Dylan Craig's mark of .397 set in 2009.  

Lipscomb's 88 hits ranked tied for sixth-most in a single season in the program's Division-I era (Wilson Tucker, 2003), and his 59 runs ranked seventh-most in a single season in the Division I-era. 

Additionally, the sophomore struck out just once every 12.1 plate appearances, the 28th-best rate nationally, finishing with 29 walks to just 18 strikeouts on the season. The outfielder finished with four home runs, 12 doubles, three triples, and 42 RBIs. 

Lipscomb was also named to the OVC All-Tournament Team after going 6-for-12 with three walks and five runs scored in three games at the OVC Championships in Lexington during the Bruins' run to the championship game. 

On Tuesday, the center fielder was named to the ABCA/Rawlings Southeast All-Region Second Team, becoming the second Bruin in as many years (Logan Jarvis, 2021) to earn that honor. 

The OVC Player of the Year nod was the first league MVP award for a Bruin since Belmont moved to NCAA Division I in 1998, and was part of a Belmont sweep of the conference's major honors, with Andy Bean taking home OVC Pitcher of the Year and Dave Jarvis winning OVC Coach of the Year. 

Lipscomb helped power Belmont to 39 wins, tied for the most in program history, and the school's first-ever road sweep of a Power Five opponent (Purdue, April 22-24). 

Previous NCBWA All-America teams from 1996-2021 have featured the likes of P Stephen Strasburg of San Diego State, OF J.D. Drew of Florida State, P-DH Jason Jennings of Baylor, 1B Mark Teixeira of Georgia Tech, RHP Mark Prior of Southern California, SS Khalil Greene of Clemson, SS-2B Rickie Weeks of Southern, 3B Alex Gordon of Nebraska, P David Price of Vanderbilt, P-DH Brad Lincoln of Houston, C Buster Posey of Florida State, catcher Mike Zunino of Florida, 3B Kris Bryant of San Diego, P-1B A.J. Reed from Kentucky; OF Andrew Benintendi from Arkansas, OF Seth Beer of Clemson, UTL Brendan McKay from Louisville and Florida P Brady Singer, C Adley Rutschman and RP Kevin Kopps among others. 

Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. For more information about the NCBWA, visit the association's official Web site, ncbwa.com. 

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