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April 15, 2019 at 4:22 pm #89148
West Virginia right-handed pitcher Alek Manoah repeated as the Big 12 Baseball Pitcher of the Week, while Oklahoma State infielder Christian Funk was tabbed Player of the Week for the ninth week of the season. K-State freshman left-hander Jordan Wicks was honored as Newcomer of the Week. A five-person media panel selects the weekly award winners.
Manoah tossed a four-hit shutout in the Mountaineers’ 2-0 win over No. 13 Texas Tech. The junior registered a career-high 15 strikeouts and did not walk a batter to earn his fifth victory of the season. Last week, Manoah earned Big 12 and NBCWA National Pitcher of the Week honors.
Manoah was also named WVU’s Student Athlete of the Week following a complete-game, shutout performance against No. 11 Texas Tech.
Manoah turned in another fantastic outing in a complete-game, four-hit shutout of No. 11 Texas Tech on Friday night, with a career-best 15 strikeouts. In his first career complete game, Manoah held the Big 12’s highest-scoring offense to just four hits and did not walk a batter. His 9.0 innings pitched, 15 strikeouts, five strikeouts looking, all led the Big 12 last week. Manoah’s 15 strikeouts were the most by a Mountaineer since David Maust had 15 against Cleveland State on March 11, 2001, while the complete game was the first by a WVU starter since BJ Myers went the full 9.0 on April 7, 2017, against Kansas.
Manoah, who lowered his ERA to 2.08 on the season and 1.99 in Big 12 play, has not allowed a run in his last 22.2 innings pitched. He did not allow a baserunner until the fourth inning and allowed a runner to reach second base just once, on a leadoff double in the eighth that was followed by three consecutive strikeouts. Manoah had three strikeouts in the third and eighth innings and had two punchouts in an inning three times, while he retired the side in order five times. The Miami native improved to 5-2 and earned his seventh quality start in nine starts this year.
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