Tim Younger Named Finalist For Fan's Choice Award

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May 16, 2012

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina senior second baseman Tim Younger has been named one of 20 finalist for the Fan's Choice Award presented by TD Ameritrade. Each of the 20 finalists will have a profile that gives fans a real sense of who the players are on and off the field. Voting opens the week of May 14 and ends Monday, June 25, 2012, with fans able to vote here.

The Clearwater, Fla. native, who has started 52 games this season (49 at second base), is in the midst of a career season where he is batting .319 (58-for-182) with nine doubles, 24 RBI and has scored 33 runs. He has recorded 16 multi-hit games, reached base safely in 29 of his last 30 games and has recorded a pair of game-winning RBI (Penn State, UAB). On March 30, he drove in a career-best four runs in ECU's 11-6 win over the Blazers where he was 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

He took home his first ever Conference USA Hitter-of-the-Week award on April 9 following ECU's series win over Houston at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium. During that week Younger batted a team-best .500 (9-for-18) and helped the Pirates to their second-straight C-USA series win over Houston (2-0-1). He recorded multiple hits in all four games on the week and scored at least one run in all three C-USA contests, totaling five. At instate rival UNC Wilmington on April 3, Younger was 2-for-4 (both singles) and reached base three times (hit by pitch). In the series opener against Houston, he was 2-fof-4 with a pair of RBI, a run scored and reach base four times (two singles, a walk and a fielder's choice). Younger followed that with his third-straight multi-hit performance, going 2-for-4 with a pair of runs and a walk. In the series finale, he tied his career-high with three hits (two singles and a double) and scored a pair of runs.

Younger played in 50 games making 29 starts during his first year with the Pirates in 2011 after transferring from St. Petersburg College. His impact was felt immediately going 2-for-3 with an RBI in the season opener against Youngstown State where he recorded his first start at second base. The following day, he drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth on a single down the right field line scoring Philip Clark in a 1-0 victory.

Off the field Younger is a two-time Conference USA Honor Roll and three-time ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll member and recently earned his undergraduate degree in business management.

Prior to the start of the 2012 season, Younger was awarded ECU's honorary No. 23 jersey, which was the number worn by the late ECU Head Coach Keith LeClair throughout his coaching and playing career and became an honorary number for the Pirate program in 2003. The number is awarded annually to a deserving player who best displays the hustle, determination and desire that made LeClair a great coach and player.

"Timothy has only been in our program for a year and a half and for him to receive this honor and all it stands for says enough about his character," said head coach Billy Godwin. "He has earned the respect of his teammates, has a tremendous work ethic and pride, leads everyday by example and that embodies what wearing No. 23 is all about."

Younger became the seventh senior and ninth Pirate to wear the honorary No. 23 jersey, following Ben Sanderson (2003), Jamie Paige (2004), Brian Cavanaugh (2005), Adam Witter (2006), Chris Powell (2007), Drew Schieber (2008), Brandon Henderson (2009) and two-time winner Austin Homan (2010-11).

LeClair's courageous battle against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly referred to as ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease, has garnered support and admiration throughout the ECU and collegiate baseball community.

The Fan's Choice Award presented by TD Ameritrade recognizes an individual who goes beyond the stat sheet and exemplifies core values such as leadership, teamwork and integrity. The player drives their teammates in the workout room and inspires their community on and off the field. The winner will be determined by fans through Facebook voting and will be honored at the 2012 TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby.

Fans will not only determine the winner of "The Fan's Choice Award presented by TD Ameritrade," but they'll also be entered to win a fantastic sweepstakes when they vote. One randomly selected fan will win a VIP trip to the 2013 College World Series for two. Every vote cast is another entry in the sweepstakes and another chance to win. Fans can vote once per day.