Justin Dunn was named to the Baseball America All-America Third Team on Tuesday, the first national honor for the pitcher who is likely to be drafted in the first round on Thursday this week. Dunn went 4-1 on the season with two saves and three shutouts. His 1.43 ERA is on pace to set the single-season Boston College record for the mark, and he recorded 43 strikeouts with 13 walks on the season.
For the first half of the season, the right-hander served as the Eagles' closing pitcher. In nine appearances, he recorded two saves with 17 strikeouts and three walks. Prior to the Virginia series, he began transitioning to a starter's role. Including the postseason this year, Dunn leads all ACC pitchers with an overall 1.49 ERA, and his .208 opposing batting average is fifth best in Boston College history.
Dunn most recently picked up a victory by throwing seven innings over the Tulane Green Wave in the first round of the Eagles' sweep win in the Oxford Regional. There, he struck out 11 while walking one, giving up only two runs on five hits. He was named to the All-Regional Team for the four-team bracket.
Already this year, Dunn was named to the All-ACC and NEIBA All-New England teams (third and second, respectively) while being named a semifinalist for the Greg Olson Award, which honors the breakout player of the year in college baseball.
This week is likely to be a big week for the pitcher as the Eagles approach their Super Regionals appearance against the University of Miami. On Thursday, Dunn is likely to hear his name called as part of the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft, and the possibility exists that he could be a top ten pick, of which the Eagles have had only one prior.
Dunn is the 16th All-American selection within the Boston College program, the third from Baseball America, which is one of the leading college baseball publications.