Lincoln – A pair of Nebraska baseball players earned all-region honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association on Friday afternoon, as Pat Kelly was a first-team pick at second base and Chance Sinclair was one of three starting pitchers that earned second team honors in the Midwest Region.
Kelly led the Huskers in hits (76), RBIs (55) and home runs (4) as a junior in 2014, while also fielding at a .990 clip. His 55 RBIs were the most by a Husker since 2010 when Adam Bailey drove in 57 runs. A 12th-round pick by the Minnesota Twins in last week’s MLB First-Year Player Draft, Kelly has declared that he will not return for his senior season at Nebraska.
Kelly became the 22nd player in school history to notch 200 career hits, and ended his three-year career ranked 20th in school history with 212 hits. He started the past 135 straight games for the Huskers, including every game of the past two seasons. Defensively, he leaves Nebraska ranked seventh in school history with 468 assists.
Sinclair transferred to Nebraska after spending two seasons at Neosho County CC and was part of NU’s weekend rotation all season in 2014. The Spring Hill, Kan., native led the Huskers with a 9-1 record, while also posting a 2.15 ERA. During Big Ten play, Sinclair was a perfect 6-0 in eight starts with a 2.10 ERA, including a 10-strikeout performance in his final home start of the year against Illinois on May 15. It was the most strikeouts in a conference game by a Husker since Thad Weber sat down 11 against Kansas on March 18, 2008.
Sinclair started Nebraska’s NCAA Tournament opener, its first since 2008, at the Stillwater Regional and had a no hitter through 6.0 innings against Cal State Fullerton.
On the year, Sinclair went 6.0 or more innings in 13 of his 16 starts, including nine outings of at least 7.0 innings or more and a 9.0-inning complete game against Ohio State on April 5. Sinclair’s complete game against Ohio State was one of three by the Husker pitching staff that weekend, as Christian DeLeon and Aaron Bummer also tossed complete games. No other staff in the country threw three 9.0-inning complete games in a weekend series during the 2014 season.
Sinclair also earned third-team All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball and was a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection following his first year at Nebraska.