Hardin-Simmons’ senior pitcher Tyler Brunnemann became the first Hardin-Simmons player of the Division III era to be selected in the Major League Draft as he was selected in the 40th round on Saturday by the Houston Astros.

Brunnemann, a senior from Garden Ridge, went 1-1 with a school-record 10 saves this season. He struck out 62 batters and walked just three in 40 innings of work and allowed only five runs all season.

“I am excited to get the opportunity,” said Brunnemann. “It was something I have thought about a lot especially the last couple of years. I am just going to take it as far as I can. I appreciate everything that Hardin-Simmons has done for me, especially my coaches and teammates.” 

He was a four-time all-ASC selection at HSU and went 13-4 with 16 saves and a 2.12 ERA. He worked 144 and one-third innings in his career and set a non-scholarship era strikeout record with 186.

“That is a big honor for Tyler,” said Steve Coleman. “He is the first one I have had drafted in my time here. He works hard, he throws hard and he continues to get better. We are proud of him and his accomplishments.”

Information provided by HSU athletics department.