Elliott, Salvey earn ABCA/Rawlings All-Region honors

Published 1:46 pm Thursday, May 30, 2019

GREENSBORO. N.C. — LMU’s Ethan Elliott and Chris Salvey have been named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-Southeast Region team that was announced Wednesday afternoon. Elliott was named to the First Team and Region Pitcher of the Year while Salvey earned second team laurels.

The teams are voted on by members of the American Baseball Coaches Association, and the process is led by the ABCA NCAA Div. II All-America Committee.

ABCA/Rawlings All-Region first-team selections are nominated for ABCA/Rawlings All-America honors. The ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. II All-Americans will be announced Friday. The ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove teams for all divisions will be announced on June 19.

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Elliott makes his third appearance on the team as he was on the first team last season and the second team in 2016. The senior lefty out of Knoxville, Tenn. accounted for over a third of the Railsplitters’ wins, going a remarkable 12-2 on the season to set a new single-season program record for wins.

Elliott won his last nine starts of the season, compiled a 2.23 earned-run average and struck out 134 batters while issuing only 14 free passes. The 134 strikeouts are also a program-record, surpassing his previous program-record 124 from last season.

Upon the completion of his season, Elliott was ranked third in the nation in wins, 14th in strikeouts per nine innings with 13.01 and sixth in total strikeouts. His strikeout-to-walk ratio of 9.57 was the second-best mark in the country behind only Franklin Pierce’s Derek Duffy (13.4).

Salvey – a senior first baseman out of Folcroft, Pa. – racked up 12 homers with 14 doubles and a SAC-leading 59 RBI while batting .343 with a .592 slugging percentage. Defensively, he was also one of the best in the business, ranking third in the SAC with 385 chances and 361 putouts while posting a .990 fielding percentage.

Salvey leads the team with 18 multi-RBI games and ranks second with 22 multi-hit games. He has produced three hits seven times, including a five-RBI performance with a homer and a double in a win over Queens. The righty hit two homers against Virginia-Wise.

The Railsplitters finished the 2019 season with a 34-19 overall record and went 18-6 in SAC play to finish as the regular-season runners-up. Lincoln Memorial made its third straight appearance in the NCAA tournament and fourth all-time after earning an at-large bid to the Southeast Regional for the first time in program history.

For the third straight year, the Railsplitters won an NCAA tournament game when they opened regional play with a 3-1 win over Mount Olive, but suffered consecutive losses to North Greenville to see the 2019 campaign come to a close just short of the super-regional.