STEPHENVILLE – Nathan Hickey has been named to some pretty elite company.
The American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and Rawlings are partnered to announce their annual NCAA Gold Glove award winners from across the nation and Hickey has earned the NCAA Division II Gold Glove Pitcher honor.
He becomes the second player in school history to earn an ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove, joining Zane Hensley in 2011.
Hickey enjoyed a banner season in his senior campaign, in which he was named the LSC Pitcher of the Year, All-LSC First Team, All-LSC Gold Glove, NCBWA and D2CCA All-Region First Team. In the regular season, the senior right-hander from Granbury led the LSC in wins (9), complete games (3), shutouts (2), and strikeouts (85) this season while boasting a 3.04 ERA for Tarleton. Hickey was also named the LSC Preseason Pitcher of the Year before the season began in February. He joins Paul Darnell (1999) and Joel Robinson (2003) as the only Texan hurlers to claim the league’s top pitching honor.
He tied the single-season wins mark by earning the victory in the LSC Tournament championship game to give Tarleton an automatic berth in the NCAA playoffs for the fourth time in school history. He also set the single-season strikeout record for the Tarleton program with 96 punch outs this year.
Hickey is a two-time All-LSC First Team and Gold Glove selection, as well as a six-time All-Region award winner.
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