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Baseball's McCully Selected by St. Louis in the Ninth Round of the MLB Draft

Baseball's McCully Selected by St. Louis in the Ninth Round of the MLB Draft

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CONWAY, S.C. – Coastal Carolina University junior Nick McCully (Lakeland, Fla./Santa Fe Catholic) was taken in the ninth round of the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. McCully was the 279th overall pick of the draft.   McCully, a righthanded pitcher, was 8-1 with a 2.10 earned-run average in 28 appearances for the Chanticleers in 2009. McCully collected eight saves and struck out 64 batters in 73 innings pitched. He also held opponents to a .197 batting average. He earned the win in the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional opener against Kansas, striking out four and allowing just four hits in 7.1 innings. He also did not allow an earned run in 10 innings of work in the Big South Tournament. He pitched 8.1 innings in a win over Liberty, earning Big South Pitcher of the Week honors following the start. McCully also was named to the All-Big South First Team as a relief pitcher.   McCully was the fourth Chanticleer in the past two years to be selected in the top-10 rounds of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.