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WVU starting pitcher Alek Manoah

For the first time in program history, a West Virginia University baseball player has been named a first-team All-American four times.

Junior right-handed pitcher Alek Manoah, who last week was selected with the No. 11 overall pick in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft, was placed on the first team Wednesday by Perfect Game and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, joining his previous first-team selections by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball.

Manoah is the 21st West Virginia baseball player to be named to an All-American team and his three first-team picks gives WVU seven in program history — joining Bill Marovic (1964), Chris Enochs (twice in 1997) and Jedd Gyorko (2010).

In total, West Virginia now has 51 baseball All-American selections, with 18 of those coming since Randy Mazey took over as the Mountaineer head coach in 2013.

Manoah’s junior season in Morgantown ranks among the best in Mountaineer history. The Miami native broke the WVU single-season record for strikeouts (144) and tied the record for games started by a pitcher (16). His 144 strikeouts placed him at No. 6 nationally. In three years at West Virginia, Manoah has an ERA of 2.81 in 218 innings pitched with 249 strikeouts and 88 walks.

In addition to being named the 2019 Big 12 Pitcher of the Year and a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award (given to the national player of the year), Manoah is also a finalist for the National Pitcher of the Year award from the College Baseball Foundation.

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