Texas Tech's all-time batting leader Doug Ault joined an elite class on Thursday as he was inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame during the 10th-annual Night of Champions, held virtually this year.
The late Ault becomes the second individual representing Texas Tech to be enshrined in the College Baseball Hall of Fame, joining legendary former Texas Tech head coach Larry Hays, who was inducted in 2015. Ault was one of 12 inductees in the 2020 class.
The Beaumont, Texas, native played two seasons at Tech from 1971-72 and remains the school record holder for batting in a season (.475) and for a career (.418). His .475 average in 1972 led the NCAA that season.
During his two seasons on campus, the first baseman led the team in batting, hits, RBI, and triples while helping the Red Raiders to its only two winning seasons between 1963 and 1976. He finished his career with 124 hits, 85 RBI and 10 triples.
Ault's 1972 campaign was one of the best seasons in school history. Along with the ridiculous .475 average, his .778 slugging percentage remains as the third-best mark in Tech history. His effort was rewarded as he became Tech's inaugural first team All-American.
Following his Red Raider career, Ault signed a free agent deal with the Texas Rangers and spent four years in their system. He made his MLB debut in 1976 and hit over .300 in 21 plate appearances that season. The following year, he was selected in the expansion draft by the Toronto Blue Jays and connected on the first two home runs in franchise history.
After his MLB playing career ended in 1980, he served as a coach in the Blue Jay's minor league system until 1994. In his first year managing the Triple-A Syracuse SkyChiefs in 1985, he was named manager of the year in the International League for guiding the team to its first pennant.
Prior to his arrival in Lubbock, Ault was a two-time first-team All-American at Panola Junior College where he led the Ponies to the NJCAA World Series in 1969 and 1970. He was named NJCAA World Series MVP in 1969 while leading Panola to the national championship.
He was inducted into the Texas Tech Hall of Fame in 1990 and passed away in 2004.
Ault was joined in the 2020 College Baseball Hall of Fame class by Jason Varitek (Georgia Tech), Jim Morris (Miami & Georgia Tech), Pete Barnes (Southern), Rick Cerone (Seton Hall), John Deutsch (Montclair State), Gary Gentry (Arizona State), Jim Gideon (Texas), Roy Lee Jackson (Tuskegee Institute). Paul Moliter (Minnesota), John Scolinos (Cal Poly Pomona) and Everett "Eppy" Barnes.
1969 – NJCAA National Champion
1969 – NJCAA World Series MVP
1969 – NJCAA All-American (First Team)
1969 – Drafted No. 74 Overall in the 4th Round by the Cleveland Indians
1970 – NJCAA All-American (First Team)
1972 - ABCA All-America (First Team)
1972 – Southwest Conference Co-Player of the Year
1972 - All-Southwest Conference (First Team)
1972 - ABCA All-Region (1B)
1972 – Signed as Free Agent (Texas Rangers)
1976 – MLB Debut (Texas Rangers)
1977 – Hit two HR in Toronto Blue Jays' inaugural game
1985 - International League Manager of the Year0
1990 – Inducted into Texas Tech Hall of Fame
2020 – Inducted into National College Baseball Hall of Fame