Manoah, Mazey Earn Big 12 Postseason Honors

Manoah, Mazey Earn Big 12 Postseason Honors

The Mountaineer baseball team, which is 34-18 overall and ranked No. 17 nationally, picked up a couple prestigious Big 12 postseason awards Tuesday.

West Virginia’s Randy Mazey has been named the Big 12 Coach of the Year and junior right-handed pitcher Alek Manoah has been recognized as the unanimous Big 12 Pitcher.

Mazey is the first coach in program history selected as the Big 12 Coach of the Year, while Manoah joins left-hander Harrison Musgrave in 2013 as WVU’s Big 12 Pitcher of the Year award winners.

Alek Manoah
WVU pitcher Sam Kessler (l) congratulates Alek Manoah 

Manoah also was named to the All-Big 12 First Team for the first time in his career. On the All-Big 12 Second Team is senior catcher Ivan Gonzalez, senior right fielder Darius Hill, junior first baseman Marques Inman, junior right-handed reliever Sam Kessler and sophomore designated hitter Paul McIntosh. WVU’s honorable mention selections are junior left-handed starter Nick Snyder, junior center fielder Brandon White and sophomore second baseman Tyler Doanes.

WVU’s 11 total Big 12 accolades are its second-most since joining the league, and the five Second Team honors are West Virginia’s most.

Mazey and the Mountaineers enter the postseason with a 34-18 record and a 13-11 mark in Big 12 play and have been ranked in the top 25 for six consecutive weeks, coming in as high as No. 17 in this week’s polls. WVU’s 34 regular-season wins are its most since a 36-win regular season in 2009.

West Virginia’s 13 Big 12 wins and 13-11 record are tied for its best Big 12 mark, matching a 13-11 slate in 2013, and its fourth-place finish is tied for its second-highest finish in the standings. WVU was the only team to win six Big 12 series, which was its most conference series wins in a single season since it won six Big East series in 2003.

Mazey’s conference Coach of the Year honor is the third of his career. He was recognized by the Big South in 1996 and Conference USA in 2004, as the head coach at Charleston Southern and East Carolina, respectively.

Manoah is in the midst of one of the most dominating seasons in program history, and the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year accolade is the latest in a long list of awards for the Miami, Florida, native. He is a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, the Golden Spikes Award and the College Baseball Foundation National Pitcher of the Year and is 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. 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/ Performance of the Week award three consecutive weeks.

Statistically, Manoah ranks No. 8 in the country in strikeouts (125), No. 11 in WHIP (0.90), No. 17 in ERA (1.91), No. 24 in hits allowed per nine innings (6.01), No. 28 in strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.68), No. 31 in strikeouts per nine innings (11.93), No. 33 in wins (8) and No. 35 in complete games (2).

Manoah’s 125 strikeouts are a WVU record, while he is second with a 5.68 strikeout-to-walk ratio, tied for No. 6 with two shutouts and No. 9 with 11.93 strikeouts per nine innings.

The Big 12 honor is the second of Manoah’s career, after he was named to the All-Freshman Team in 2017.

Gonzalez is tied for second in the Big 12 with 16 runners caught stealing. He leads the team with 32 walks, is second with a .397 on-base percentage, third with a .286 batting average, 53 hits, 11 doubles and 17 stolen bases and fourth with 26 RBIs. He has started all 52 games, 41 behind the plate.

From Round Rock, Texas, Gonzalez is honored for the fourth time in his career, after he was named to the All-Freshman Team in 2016 and earned Honorable Mention accolades in 2016 and 2018.

Hill leads the Big 12 with 22 doubles and a 1.000 fielding percentage and is fifth with 109 total bases and seventh with 65 hits. While starting every game in right field, he also paces the Mountaineers with a .308 batting average, 38 RBIs, 42 runs scored and a .517 slugging percentage.

A 2019 Academic All-Big 12 First Team honoree, this is Hill’s fifth All-Big 12 accolade and the third time he is named to the Second Team, along with in 2016 and 2018. The Dallas, Texas, native also was named to the All-Freshman Team in 2016 and collected Honorable Mention accolades in 2017.

In Big 12 games, Inman is second in the league with 25 RBIs and ninth with a .557 slugging percentage and 49 total bases. In 48 games on the season, the Elyria, Ohio, native leads the team with nine home runs, is second with 37 RBIs and fourth with 48 hits and a .480 slugging percentage and is hitting .274.

Inman’s recognition is the second of his career, as he was named to the Honorable Mention list in 2018.

Kessler has eight saves, which ranks No. 2 in program history and is third in the conference. In Big 12 games, he is tied for second in the league with four saves and is tied for sixth with 12 appearances. In 21 relief appearances in 2019, Kessler has a 2.64 ERA with 39 strikeouts and eight walks in 30.2 innings pitched. He is 4-2 and has allowed nine runs on 25 hits.

A native of Mount Sinai, New York, Kessler’s 2019 honors go along with his Honorable Mention distinction in 2017.

In his first season as a Mountaineer, McIntosh has a team-high-tying nine home runs and is third with a .503 slugging percentage and fourth with a .282 batting average and 28 RBIs. The Miami Gardens, Florida, native has 46 hits, nine doubles, 17 walks and 82 total bases and has started 43 games.

Snyder is recognized for the first time in his career, while White is rewarded with Honorable Mention status for the third consecutive season. This is Doanes’ third accolade in two years, as he was named to the All-Freshman Team and earned Honorable Mention accolades in 2018.

The Mountaineers begin postseason play this week at the Big 12 Championship at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City. Seeded No. 4 in the eight-team tournament, West Virginia plays No. 5-seeded Kansas on Wednesday, May 22, at 10 a.m. ET. The winner of Wednesday’s WVU-KU game will play the winner between No. 1 Texas Tech, the regular-season champions, and No. 8 Kansas State on Thursday, May 23, at 5 p.m. ET. In the double-elimination tournament, the losers of the two games on Wednesday will face off on Thursday at 10 a.m. ET.

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The rest of the 2019 All-Big 12 Baseball Awards included Baylor’s Davis Wendzel and Texas Tech’s Josh June, who shared the Player of Year honor. In addition, Kansas State’s Jordan Wicks was the Freshman of the Year and TCU’s Jake Guenther was the Newcomer of the Year.

The awards were selected by a vote of the league’s head coaches. Coaches were not permitted to vote for themselves or their own players.

Texas Tech, the 2019 Big 12 Conference regular-season champions, led the way with eight All-Big 12 selections and three All-Freshman Team honorees. Baylor, who finished second, followed with seven All-Big 12 honors and an All-Freshman Team pick.

Wendzel leads the Conference with a .385 batting average (60-of-156) and a .500 on-base percentage, while his slugging percentage of .647 ranks third in the league. The junior’s .404 batting average (23-of-57) in conference-only action also leads the league. He has registered a total of 17 doubles and eight homers for 25 extra-base hits and 39 runs-batted-in. Wendzel is the fifth Player of the Year selection from Baylor and the first since catcher Josh Ludy in 2012.

Jung ranks in the top-five in the league in seven different statistical categories: 2nd in doubles (20), 2nd in RBIs (49), 2nd in walks (46), 2nd in on-base percentage (.471), T-3rd in runs scored (1.00), fourth in total bases (111) and fifth in slugging percentage (.597). The junior is the fourth Red Raider and the third in the last four seasons to win Player of the Year honors. He joins Red Raiders Joe Dillon (1997), Eric Gutierrez (2016) and Hunter Hargrove (2017) on that illustrious list.

Manoah, a unanimous selection, registered a 1.91 earned run average in 14 games and fanned 125 during that span. He became the first Big 12 pitcher since at least 2003 to record 15 or more strikeouts in back-to-back Conference games. The junior finished with an 8-3 record and registered the nation’s 11th-best WHIP (0.90) during the regular-season. The Miami, Florida, native is the second Mountaineer to win Pitcher of the Year, joining Harrison Musgrave who won the award in 2013.

Wicks led all Big 12 freshmen with a 3.20 ERA and produced a 6-2 record in 81.2 innings pitched for the Wildcats. He struck out 82, which ranked eighth in the league, and allowed just 24 walks during that span. Wicks is the second K-State pitcher to win Freshman of the Year, joining Jake Matthys who won the distinction in 2013.

After playing two seasons at Sacramento City College, Guenther had an outstanding first season at TCU. The redshirt junior reached base in his first 50 games played – which is the third longest reached base streak in a single-season in Big 12 history. Guenther’s .348 batting average and .470 on-base percentage was third in the Big 12.

A total of five student-athletes earned unanimous All-Big 12 First Team distinction. In addition to Jung, Manoah and Wendzel, Baylor catcher Shea Langeliers and reliever Kyle Hill were unanimous first team selections.

On the All-Freshman Team, Texas Tech led the way with three honorees: right-handed pitcher Clayton Beeter, right-handed pitcher Micah Dallas and catcher Cole Stilwell. Unanimous All-Freshmen selections included K-State’s Wicks, Tech’s Dallas, Baylor’s Chase Wehsener and Texas’ Eric Kennedy.

Name, School                Pos.        Cl.            Hometown/Previous School
Shea Langeliers, Baylor *^&    C               Jr.             Keller, Texas/Keller
Nick Loftin, Baylor +%                 INF           So.          Corpus Christi, Texas/W.B. Ray
Davis Wendzel, Baylor *^!          INF           Jr.             San Clemente, Calif./Jserra Catholic
Jake Guenther, TCU  INF           R-Jr.        Oshkosh, Wis./Sacramento City College
Josh Jung, Texas Tech *^&     INF           Jr.             San Antonio, Texas/MacArthur
Cameron Warren, Texas Tech                 INF           Jr.             Midwest City, Okla./Seminole State Junior College
Richard Cunningham, Baylor +!              OF           Sr.            Austin, Texas/Stephen F. Austin HS
Trevor Boone, Oklahoma State@         OF           Jr.             Tulsa, Okla./Memorial
Gabe Holt, Texas Tech^%         OF           So.          Bonaire, Ga./Veterans
Cade Cavalli, Oklahoma             UTL         So.          Bixby, Okla./Bixby
Andy Thomas, Baylor+               DH           Jr.             Murrieta, Calif./Murrieta
Ryan Zeferjahn, Kansas+         RHP        Jr.             Topeka, Kan./Seaman
Nick Lodolo, TCU+%&               LHP        Jr.             LaVerne, Calif./Damien
Caleb Kilian, Texas Tech^         RHP        Jr.             Flower Mound, Texas, Flower Mound
Alek Manoah, West Virginia*   RHP        Jr.             Miami, Fla./South Dade Senior
Kyle Hill, Baylor*           RHP        Sr.            Corpus Christi, Texas/Calallen
Taylor Floyd, Texas Tech          RHP        Jr.             Frisco, Texas/Grayson Community College

Name, School                Pos.        Cl.            Hometown/Previous School
Ivan Gonzalez, West Virginia @$            C               Sr.            Round Rock, Texas/Stony Point
Benjamain Sems, Kansas         INF           Jr.             Chesterfield, Mo./Westminster Christian
Christian Funk, Oklahoma State@        INF           Sr.            Fresno, Calif./Fresno City Community College
Andrew Navigato, Oklahoma State       INF           Jr.             Riverside, Calif./Cuesta Community College
Brian Klein, Texas Tech             INF           Jr.             Keller, Texas/Timer Creek
Marques Inman, West Virginia@             INF           R-Jr.        Elyria, Ohio/Elyria
Cole Haring, Baylor     OF           Sr.            Katy, Texas/McLennan Community College
Dylan Neuse, Texas Tech        OF           So.          Fort Worth, Texas/ McLennan Community College
Darius Hill, West Virginia +!~    OF           Sr.            Dallas, Texas/Dallas Jesuit
Colin Simpson, Oklahoma State+!        UTL         Sr.            Edmond, Okla./Memorial
Paul McIntosh, West Virginia  DH           So.
Miami Gardens, Fla./Motlow State Community College
Jordan Wicks, K-State                LHP        Fr.            Conway, Ark./Conway
Levi Prater, Oklahoma %           LHP        So.          Ada, Okla./Byng
Jensen Elliott, Oklahoma State $           RHP        Jr.             Coppell, Texas/Coppell
Bryce Elder, Texas     RHP        So.          Decatur, Texas/Decatur
Jason Ruffcorn, Oklahoma      RHP        Jr.             Cedar Park, Texas/Texas A&M
Clayton Beeter, Texas Tech   RHP        R-Fr.       Colleyville, Texas/Birdville
Sam Kessler, West Virginia!    RHP        Jr.             Mount Sinai, N.Y./Mount Sinai

Ties in voting created three second-team relief pitchers.

Baylor:              Daniel Caruso, Paul Dickens, Ryan Leckich, Chase Wehsener, Jimmy Winston
Kansas:           Ryan Cyr, Jaxx Groshans, Rudy Karre
K-State:           Zach Kokoska, Caleb Littlejim, Terrence Spurlin, Cameron Thompson
Oklahoma:     Tyler Hardman, Brady Lindsly, Nathan Wiles, Brandon Zaragoza
Oklahoma State:          Peyton Battenfield, Ben Leeper, Carson McCusker, Hueston Morrill
TCU:                  Austin Henry, Charles King, Adam Oviedo, Marcelo Perez, Johnny Rizer, Conner Shepherd, Josh Watson, Brandon Williamson
Texas:              Lance Ford, Blair Henley, Eric Kennedy, Ryan Reynolds, Zach Zubia
Texas Tech:  Braxton Fulford, Dane Haveman, John McMillon
West Virginia:                 Tyler Doanes, Nick Snyder, Brandon White

Name, School                Pos.        Hometown/Previous School
Chase Wehsener, Baylor*        INF           San Diego, Calif./Christian
Griffin Hassall, K-State                RHP        New Market, Ontario, Canada/Bill Crothers Secondary School
Jordan Wicks, K-State*              LHP        Prosper, Texas/Prosper
Ben Abram, Oklahoma               RHP        Georgetown, Ontario, Canada/Georgetown District
Wyatt Olds, Oklahoma                RHP        McLoud, Okla./McLoud
Hueston Morrill, Oklahoma State            INF/RHP                 Live Oak, Fla./Suwannee
Brett Standlee, Oklahoma State             RHP        Jenks, Okla./Jenks
Marcelo Perez, TCU   RHP        Laredo, Texas/John B. Alexander
Eric Kennedy, Texas*                 OF           Tampa, Fla./Calvary Christian
Clayton Beeter, Texas Tech   RHP        Colleyville, Texas/Birdville
Micah Dallas, Texas Tech*        RHP        Aubrey, Texas/Homeschooled
Cole Stilwell, Texas Tech          C               Rockwall, Texas/Heath

* Unanimous Choice
^2018 First Team Honoree
+2018 Second Team Honoree
@2018 Honorable Mention
%2018 All-Freshman Team
#2017 First Team Honoree
&2017 Second Team Honoree
!2017 Honorable Mention
~2016 Second Team Honoree
$2016 Honorable Mention



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