NC State Baseball's Brian Wright Earns All-America Honors From Baseball America
June 20, 2002
RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State senior outfielder Brian Wright has been named a third-team All-American by Baseball America magazine. Wright, who batted .418 with 26 doubles, 14 home runs and 73 runs batted in for the Wolfpack in 2002, becomes the 19th player in NC State history to earn All-America honors, and the first since Brad Piercy was an ABCA All-American in 1998.
Wright's .418 average in 2002 was the second highest single-season batting average in school history, behind Chris Cammack's .429 total in 1969. His 26 doubles ranked third on NC State's single-season lists, and his 73 RBIs were tied for eighth. He earned first-team All-ACC honors for the third consecutive season, becoming just the 18th player in conference history and the fifth from NC State to make first-team All-ACC three times.
Wright, who earned Freshman All-America notice as a frosh in 1999, finished his career with a .373 batting average, which ranks second only to Brian Ward's .380 average. Wright finished first in school history with 78 career doubles, second in total bases with 557, third in hits with 341 and runs batted in with 222, fourth with 913 at-bats and 225 runs scored, and tied for fourth with 42 home runs. Wright also finished his career with a consecutive-games-played streak of 205, which ranks third in school history. He played 236 total games in his four-year career.
The Atlantic Coast Conference figured prominently in Baseball America's All-America selections. Of the 47 players who were named to BA's three All-America teams, 13 (27.7 percent) were from the ACC, including four first-team All-Americans and five second-team All-Americans.