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Former Bulldog Wilkerson inks professional contract
Nov 28, 2012 12:00 am
Former Cumberland All-American Aaron Wilkerson has signed a professional contract with the Gary SouthShore RailCats of the American Association.
Wilkerson is one of only two former Bulldogs (along with Steve Green) to earn either First or Second Team All-America honors twice during their career. The Waco, Texas, native, posted a 12-0 record with a 1.49 earned-run-average in 90.1 innings of work in 2011, garnering First Team All-America accolades.
The righthander struck out 90 in 14 appearances with 13 starts and seven complete games, tossing three shutouts. Opponents batted just .179 against him this season. He ranked third nationally in victories, seventh in opponent batting average and hits allowed per nine innings (5.58), and ninth in ERA.
Wilkerson set a pair of NAIA records in 2011 as well, tossing 54.0 consecutive scoreless innings from Feb. 19 to April 8. He also won 26 consecutive decisions to end his career.
He lost his first start of the year as a junior before reeling off 14 consecutive victories, with two in the NAIA World Series, including the championship game, earning Second Team All-America honors. Wilkerson allowed one run on four hits with 13 strikeouts in the World Series opener against Embry-Riddle and tossed a four-hit shutout in the final against Lee University before running into trouble in the ninth.
The righthander started a game-ending doubleplay that secured the Bulldogs second national title and gave up three runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts altogether versus Lee. For the year Wilkerson was 14-1 with a 2.13 ERA and 125 strikeouts in 101.1 innings of work, leading the nation in strikeouts and ranking eighth in ERA.