East Carolina University outfielder Bryant Packard became the first player in ECU history to be named to six All-America teams in the same season after being named to the Perfect Game, National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and D1Baseball All-America teams on Wednesday.
Packard was also named to the American Baseball Coaches Association All-South Region First-Team. Packard was previously named to the All-America teams for Baseball America, CollegeSportsMadness and Collegiate Baseball. Packard was also the American Athletic Conference Player-Of-The-Year, a unanimous First-Team All-AAC selection, apart of the Greenville Regional All-Tournament Team and a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy.
Packard broke the record for consecutive games with a hit with a 32-game streak on his way to becoming the 16th player in school history to earn the hitting triple crown; which is to lead in batting average, home runs and runs batted in.
Packard was joined by pitcher Chris Holba in earning accolades on Wednesday, as Holba was also announced to a NCBWA All-America team. Holba was also an All-AAC selection, as well as a Golden Spikes Watch List candidate. Holba posted a 9-1 record, with his .900 winning percentage which is tied for sixth on ECU single-season charts, on his way to being drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 11th round of the 2018 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Both players played key roles in the team posting a 44-18 record on its way to winning the AAC Championship and earning the top seed in the Greenville Regional in the NCAA Tournament. It is the sixth-straight season ECU has had an All-America selection on their team going back to 2013. Packard and Holba are the fourth and fifth All-America selections under head coach Cliff Godwin, with the others being Reid Love in 2015, Evan Kruczynski in 2016 and 2017, and Travis Watkins in 2017.