For the fifth time in program history, the West Virginia University baseball team has a first team All-American, as junior right-handed pitcher Alek Manoah was recognized by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper on Thursday.
Manoah is the 19th Mountaineer to earn All-America honors in program history and the fourth to collect first-team honors. The 48th overall All-America award in team history, he is the first to be named to an All-America first team since 2010.
A Miami native, Manoah joins Bill Marovic (1964), Chris Enochs (twice in 1997) and Jedd Gyorko (2010) as WVU's All-America first team honorees.
Fifteen of West Virginia's 48 total All-America accolades have come since 2015 and 16 since coach Randy Mazey arrived in Morgantown in 2013.
A finalist for the National Pitcher of the Year by the College Baseball Foundation and the 2019 Big 12 Pitcher of the Year, Manoah is having one of the most impressive seasons in program history. He is a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and the Golden Spikes Award 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. 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.
Statistically, Manoah ranks No. 5 in the country in strikeouts (135), No. 10 in WHIP (0.88), No. 17 in ERA (1.85), No. 19 in strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.87), No. 21 in hits allowed per nine innings (5.89), No. 22 in wins (9), No. 24 in games started (15), No. 33 in strikeouts per nine innings (11.87), and No. 36 in complete games (2).
Manoah's 135 strikeouts are a WVU record, while he is second with a 5.87 strikeout-to-walk ratio, tied for No. 6 with two shutouts and No. 9 with 11.70 strikeouts per nine innings.
Manoah and West Virginia plays host to the 2019 NCAA Baseball Morgantown Regional, from May 31-June 2, at Monongalia County Ballpark. Top-seeded WVU opens play against fourth-seeded Fordham on Friday, May 31, at 8 p.m. ET.
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