-- Hardin-Simmons' senior pitcher
Tyler Brunnemann became the first Hardin-Simmons player of the Division III era
to be selected in the Major League Draft as he was selected in the
40th round on Saturday by the Houston Astros.
Brunnemann, a senior
from Garden Ridge, went 1-1 with a school-record 10 saves this season. He struck
out 62 batters and walked just three in 40 innings of work and allowed only five
runs all season.
"I am excited to get
the opportunity," said Brunnemann. "It was something I have thought about a lot
especially the last couple of years. I am just going to take it as far as I can.
I appreciate everything that Hardin-Simmons has done for me, especially my
coaches and teammates."
He was a four-time
all-ASC selection at HSU and went 13-4 with 16 saves and a 2.12 ERA. He worked
144 and one-third innings in his career and set a non-scholarship era strikeout
record with 186.
"That is a big honor
for Tyler," said Steve Coleman. "He is the first one I have had drafted in my
time here. He works hard, he throws hard and he continues to get better. We are
proud of him and his accomplishments."