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Pirates' first-round pick earns award

LUBBOCK, Texas -- University of Houston righty-designated hitter Brad Lincoln, the No. 4 overall draft pick by the Pirates last month, was selected as the winner of the Brooks Wallace Award, given to college baseball's top player.

Lincoln, one of the top two-way players in the country, was 12-2 with a 1.69 ERA and 152 strikeouts in 127 23 innings on the mound, and he hit .295 with 14 home runs and a team-leading 53 RBI.

Lincoln, who also won the Dick Howser Award, beat out Cal State Fullerton righty Wes Roemer and Virginia left-hander/first baseman Sean Doolittle for the Wallace Award.

The Brooks Wallace Award is presented annually by the College Baseball Foundation, and voting is done by a panel of coaches, writers, broadcasters, sports information directors and former winners. It's dedicated to the memory of a former Texas Tech player and assistant coach, who died of cancer in 1985 at the age of 27.

Nebraska third baseman Alex Gordon won the award last season.

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