Gutierrez receives fifth All-America honor - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Gutierrez receives fifth All-America honor

Eric Gutierrez (Source: Devin Ward, KCBD) Eric Gutierrez (Source: Devin Ward, KCBD)

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LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech senior first baseman Eric Gutierrez earned his fifth All-America accolade of the season Monday as he garnered third-team honors by Perfect Game.

The All-America recognition from Perfect Game completes quite a list of accomplishments for Gutierrez in 2016 as he was previously honored on the All-America teams compiled by Baseball America (first team), Collegiate Baseball (second team), D1Baseball (second team) and the American Baseball Coaches Association (third team).

Gutierrez, the 33rd Red Raider in school history to be named an All-American, wrapped his illustrious career in scarlet and black with one of his best seasons of his tenure which ultimately ended with Tech’s second run to the College World Series over the past three years.

Gutierrez hit .333 this past season with 13 home runs and 60 RBI en route to being named the Big 12 Player of the Year. It marked just the second time in school history where a Red Raider had earned the honor.

Gutierrez, a native of Mission, Texas, ended the 2016 season with career highs for batting average, home runs, RBI, hits (78), runs scored (54), total bases (136),  on-base percentage (.465), slugging percentage (.581), walks (42), hit-by-pitches (20) and games played (67).

His work offensively bolstered his legacy as one of the all-time greats in the Tech career record book where he ranks first in games played (244) and in the top five for at-bats (2nd - 873), hits (3rd – 264), doubles (3rd – 59), RBI (3rd – 193), total bases (3rd – 441), walks (3rd – 128) and runs scored (5th – 173).

In addition to his work offensively, Gutierrez was also among the top defensive first basemen in the country as part of a Red Raider infield that led the nation with 83 double plays turned this season, the most in school history. Gutierrez compiled a .995 fielding percentage at first base with just four errors in over 730 chances.

Gutierrez will continue his baseball career as part of the Miami Marlins organization after being drafted in the 20th round of the 2016 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

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