Texas pitcher Bryce Elder (13) throws a pitch against West Virginia on April 26, 2019 in Austin. [NICK WAGNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

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Bryce Elder takes home half of the prizes as Texas announces its team awards

Posted June 13th, 2019

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During his sophomore season, Bryce Elder moved from the bullpen to the starting rotation to the awards stand.

Elder won three of UT’s team awards on Thursday. He was named the recipient of the James and Huston Street (Longhorn), Brooks Kieschnick (Team MVP) and Greg Swindell (Pitcher of the Year) awards. Texas’ only all-conference honoree this spring, Elder posted a 2.93 ERA and 86 strikeouts while holding his own in starts against first-round draft picks Alek Manoah and Nick Lodolo.

Freshman outfielder Eric Kennedy was named the Longhorns’ top offensive player (Keith Moreland Award). Junior outfielder Duke Ellis was given the team’s equivalent of a gold glove (Spike Owen Award). UT’s academic MVP is still an engineering major after infielder Sam Bertelson inherited the Sean Braswell Award from two-time winner Jake McKenzie.

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Texas began handing out awards following David Pierce’s first season with the team in 2017. This marks the first time that a player has won three awards during the same season.

James and Huston Street Longhorn Award

  • 2019: RHP Bryce Elder
  • 2018: RHP Andy McGuire
  • 2017: OF Travis Jones

Brooks Kieschnick Team MVP

  • 2019: RHP Bryce Elder
  • 2018: 2B Kody Clemens
  • 2017: 1B Kacy Clemens

Keith Moreland Offensive Player of the Year

  • 2019: OF Eric Kennedy
  • 2018: 2B Kody Clemens
  • 2017: 1B Kacy Clemens

Greg Swindell Pitcher of the Year

  • 2019: RHP Bryce Elder
  • 2018: RHP Parker Joe Robinson
  • 2017: RHP Morgan Cooper

Spike Owen Defensive Player of the Year

  • 2019: OF Duke Ellis
  • 2018: UTIL Jake McKenzie
  • 2017: SS David Hamilton

Sean Braswell Academic MVP

  • 2019: UTIL Sam Bertelson
  • 2018: UTIL Jake McKenzie
  • 2017: UTIL Jake McKenzie

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