UCF's Austin Hudson Selected by Mariners in MLB Draft

June 10, 2009

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - UCF junior pitcher Austin Hudson (Orlando, Fla.) was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 27th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Players Draft on Wednesday. Hudson was the second pick of the 27th round and the 803rd pick overall.

Hudson becomes the 68th UCF player taken in the MLB Draft in the program's history and the second picked by the Mariners. Chad Sheffer was taken by Seattle in the 14th round in 1995.

In 58 career appearances with the Knights, Hudson had a 4-4 record with a 7.12 earned run average and two saves. The right-handed pitcher has made eight starts in the past three seasons.

An Orlando native who attended Boone High School, Hudson was selected in the 37th round of the 2006 MLB Draft by the Washington Nationals.

As the three-day event wraps up on Thursday with rounds 31 through 50, several more Knights hope to hear their names called as nearly 1,500 players will be drafted when the 50 rounds are complete.

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