Liberty reliever Evan Brabrand was named the Virginia Pitcher of the Year, while Flames head coach Scott Jackson was voted the Commonwealth's Coach of the Year by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID).
In addition, Brabrand was joined by pitcher Andrew McInvale and ASUN Player of the Year Jonathan Embry on the VaSID All-State University Division team, earlier today. The Flames pitching duo of Brabrand and McInvale were selected to the all-state first team, while Embry garnered second team honors.
Brabrand was named to three All-American teams in 2019, earning selection to the Collegiate Baseball, PerfectGame (PG) and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) squads. He was also voted to the 2019 Atlantic All-Region team.
Brabrand, a redshirt senior, posted a 4-3 record with 13 saves and a 1.56 ERA over 63 1/3 innings for 43-21 ASUN Champion Liberty, this season. In 25 appearances, all in relief, the Raleigh, N.C., native struck out 66 and walked 13.
A first team ASUN All-Conference member, Brabrand finished the season 11th nationally and as the ASUN leader in saves. He etched his name in the program's record books, completing the year second on the Flames' all-time single-season saves list.
During the year, Brabrand was named to the Midseason Update for the 15th NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award and was selected to the PG All-America team. He was one of four relief pitchers selected to the squad.
The right-hander was one of three Flames taken in the Major League Baseball Draft in early June. The Miami Marlins chose Brabrand in the ninth round. With his selection, Liberty has had at least one player chosen in each draft since 2000.
Jackson guided Liberty to one of the most successful seasons in program history, tying a school record for wins with 43. The Flames won the ASUN title in their first year in the conference and advanced to a NCAA Regional for the first time since 2014. Liberty, which finished second with a 15-9 conference record during the regular season, won four elimination games en route to claiming the 2019 ASUN title.
McInvale joined Brabrand on the VaSID All-State first team. The right-hander earned 2019 ASUN All-Conference second team honors and was voted to the 2019 ASUN All-Tournament team in his only season at Liberty. The redshirt junior posted a 10-3 mark with a 3.41 ERA over 103 innings. In 17 appearances, all starts, the right-hander struck out 101 batters and walked 40.
McInvale finished the year the ASUN Conference leader and 11th nationally in wins. The Austin, Texas native also etched his name in the program's record books as his 10 wins and 101 strikeouts are both second most in a single season in school history.
The right-hander finished the year leading the ASUN Conference in innings pitched. He also completed the year among the ASUN leaders in strikeouts (third) and ERA (ninth).
In addition to his conference honors, McInvale was listed among the top pitchers in the country on the 2019 National Pitcher of the Year Award Watch List.
The Toronto Blue Jays selected the right-hander during the 37th round of this year's MLB Draft. With his selection, Liberty has now had 71 players taken in the MLB Draft during the 46-year history of its program.
McInvale and Brabrand's battery mate Embry was placed on the all-state second team. The catcher was selected the 2019 ASUN Player of the Year and voted the 2019 ASUN Tournament MVP. The first team all-conference team member finished the year as the ASUN leader in runs scored with 55 and walks with 54. The Louisville, Ky., native finished the year with a .312 batting average, a .454 on base percentage and 44 RBI in 64 games. He posted a .538 slugging percentage for the season, belting 11 home runs and collecting 16 doubles, both team highs.
Along with leading the league in runs scored and walks, Embry also finished the year second in the ASUN in home runs and on base percentage. The catcher/outfielder also completed the year fourth in the conference in slugging percentage. He was ASUN Player of the Week for March 18-24. Embry also posted 18 multi-hit games and 13 multi-RBI contests.
George Mason catcher Logan Driscoll, Old Dominion first baseman Vinnie Pasquantino and Virginia shortstop Tanner Morris were voted the Commonwealth's Players of the Year. Old Dominion outfielder Andy Garriola was named the VaSID All-State Rookie of the Year.
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