June 1, 2017
With the 2017 LMU baseball season complete, junior right-hander Cory Abbott is now being showered with accolades, most recently taking home first team All-American honors according to Collegiate Baseball. Abbott is one of 17 players, including seven pitchers, listed on the first team.
Abbott is the first Lion to record first team All-American honors since Billy Lockin was tabbed as such by the Jewish Sports Review in 2004. LMU last had an All-American according to Collegiate Baseball in 2000 when Billy Traber (second team) and Scott Walter (third team) were lauded. LMU’s previous first team All-American according to Collegiate Baseball was Traber, earning the honor in 1999.
Abbott, the West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year, is one of seven Conference Pitcher/Players of the Year on the first team. One of five finalists for the National Pitcher of the Year Award presented by the College Baseball Foundation, Abbott went 11-2 with a 1.74 ERA over 15 starts this year, guiding LMU to its first WCC Championship since 2000. The right-hander logged 98.1 innings and struck out 130 hitters while limiting the opposition to just 61 hits and a .173 average against. The highlight of Abbott’s season came on March 25 when he tossed the first perfect game in LMU and West Coast Conference history, defeating BYU by a score of 2-0. The perfect game was one of two complete game shutouts thrown by Abbott this season.