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June 10, 2019 at 3:22 pm #92488
West Virginia University junior right-handed pitcher Alek Manoah has been named to his second All-America First Team, as Baseball America announced its All-America teams on Monday.
Manoah, already the fourth first team All-American in program history when he was recognized by Collegiate Baseball on May 30, is the second Mountaineer in WVU history to collect multiple first team accolades. He joins right-hander Chris Enochs, who was honored on two All-America first teams in 1997.
The 19th Mountaineer to earn All-America honors, Manoah’s Baseball America award is the 49th overall All-America accolade in West Virginia history and the sixth first team. A Miami native, Manoah joins Bill Marovic (1964), Enochs (twice in 1997) and Jedd Gyorko (2010) as WVU’s All-America first-team honorees.
Sixteen of West Virginia’s 49 total All-America accolades have come since 2015 and 17 have been since coach Randy Mazey arrived in Morgantown in 2013.
Manoah’s All-America accolade is the latest in a long list of postseason honors. Last week, he was named the NCBWA District 2 Player of the Year and a finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and was selected with the No. 11 overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays.
Coming off one of the most dominating seasons in West Virginia history, Manoah is the first player to be named a Dick Howser Trophy finalist, the second to be picked in the first round of the draft and the fourth to be named NCBWA District Player of the Year.
Manoah is a finalist for the National Pitcher of the Year by the College Baseball Foundation, the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year and a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award. He was the first player in Big 12 history to be named Pitcher of the Week three consecutive weeks and the fourth to earn weekly honors four times in a season. An All-Big 12 First-Team honoree, Manoah also was the NCBWA Pitcher of the Month for April, a two-time NCBWA National Pitcher of the Week and the first player to ever earn the Golden Spikes Award/D1Baseball.com Performance of the Week award three consecutive weeks.
In an impressive junior season, Manoah broke the single-season record for strikeouts, with 144, and tied the WVU record for starts, with 16. He finished the year No. 3 in strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.33/1), tied for No. 6 in wins (9) and shutouts (2) and was No. 9 in strikeouts per nine innings (11.96).
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