June 12, 2008
NEW ORLEANS, La. - One week after becoming the sixth first-round draft pick in the history of the Green Wave baseball program, Tulane University standout Shooter Hunt claimed All-America honors from Baseball America, Ping! Baseball, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and Rivals.com.
A native of Wyckoff, N.J., Hunt claimed first-team recognition on the Pro-Line Athletic/NCBWA All-America Team and the All-Ping! Team, second-team honors from Rivals.com, and earned a spot on Baseball America's third team. The four All-America teams are the latest round of honors for Hunt, who was named NCBWA Region VII Player of the Year last Friday, claimed second-team Louisville Slugger All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball Magazine on May 29 and was named 2008 Conference USA Pitcher of the Year and claimed a spot on the All C-USA first-team on May 20.
As a junior with the Green Wave, Hunt led the team and the league in opponent batting average (.175), total strikeouts (126), strikeouts looking (48) and innings pitched (100.2). He also led the team and is tied for second in C-USA in wins (nine) and ERA (2.68) ERA.
He was also named a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award by USA Baseball, The Dick Howser Trophy by the NCBWA, the Brooks Wallace Award by the College Baseball Foundation, and the Roger Clemens Award by the Greater Houston Baseball Association in 2008. Hunt ranks fourth in the NCAA in hits allowed per nine innings (5.54) and total strikeouts, 11th in strikeouts per nine innings (11.26), 30th in wins and 43rd in ERA.
He tallied eight or more strikeouts on 10 occasions this season, including four double-digit K totals and a season-high 12 strikeouts against Southern Miss on April 18 and at Memphis on April 25. Hunt held opponents to three or fewer hits nine times, including a one-hit, no-walk, 11-strikeout performance in 7.0 innings against UC Irvine on March 7. He did not allow an earned run on four occasions and held opponents to one earned run two other times.
Following a stellar prep career at Ramapo High, Hunt originally enrolled as a pitcher/catcher at the University of Virginia before transferring to Tulane in the summer of 2006. In two seasons with the Green Wave, he posted a combined 15-10 record, a 2.65 ERA and a .204 opponent batting average. He started 31 of the 32 games he appeared in during his Tulane career, during which time he posted a 10.33 strikeout-per-nine-inning average and a 2.67 strikeout-to-walk ratio after fanning 230 batters and walking just 86 in 200.1 innings of work.
His .175 opponent batting average in 2008 is a Tulane single-season record, surpassing the former mark of .203 set by Jason Navarro in 1997, and is fifth in strikeout-per-nine-inning average (11.26). Hunt's .204 career opponent batting average also tops Navarro's former school record of .224 (1995-97) and also ranks fifth in Tulane career history in K/9 and is seventh in career ERA.