East Carolina University freshman left-handed pitcher C.J. Mayhue has been named to the Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-America Team, according to a release by the team on Tuesday.

On pace to break ECU’s freshman ERA record before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the remainder of the baseball season, Mayhue had allowed just one earned run across 16 innings pitched. That equates to a 0.56 ERA, a mark that would have bested Joe Ingle’s 1.14 ERA in 2015 for lowest by a Pirate freshman had Mayhue racked up at least 30 innings and maintained that sparkling number.

In just eight appearances, Mayhue struck out 19 batters, walking just six and holding opposing hitters to a .203 batting average against. Seven of those eight outings saw the southpaw record more than three outs, as he tossed a career-high 3.1 innings of relief against Ole Miss on Feb. 29. On 47 pitches that evening, Mayhue struck out six batters and walked none, setting a career best for single game punch-outs.

In his final appearance of the shortened 2020 season, Mayhue allowed his lone earned run of the campaign, a solo home run against UNCW in a 5-2 Pirate loss.

Nevertheless, with his selection to the All-America team, Mayhue becomes the 17th Freshman All-American in program history, according to the release, and the fifth since head coach Cliff Godwin took over as skipper.

Joe Ingle (2015), Dwanya Williams-Sutton (2016), Spencer Brickhouse (2017) and Alec Burleson (2018) are the other four. Burleson was also named to the Collegiate Baseball All-America team earlier this year as a junior utility player.

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