The West Virginia University baseball team has more than doubled the number of first-team All-America honors in its possession in just the past two weeks, all thanks to one man.
Pitcher Alek Manoah was named to his fifth All-America first team Thursday, joining the D1Baseball first team. That nod joins ones already given to him by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, Perfect Game, Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America.
West Virginia’s total first-team All-America awards have leaped from four to nine.
Manoah — who signed his contract Thursday with the Toronto Blue Jays after picking him 11th overall in the 2019 Major League Baseball draft — is the fourth first-team All-American in WVU baseball history, joining Bill Marovic (1964), Chris Enochs (twice in 1997) and Jedd Gyorko (2010).
He’s also the first WVU player to be named a finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, given to the nation’s top college baseball player, the second to be picked in the first round and the fourth to be named NCBWA District Player of the Year.
Manoah broke the university’s single-season record for strikeouts with 144, and tied the WVU record with 16 starts. He sits No. 6 nationally in strikeouts, No. 13 in WHIP (0.90), No. 22 in hits allowed per nine innings (5.90), No. 25 in starts (16), No. 27 in ERA (2.08), and No. 30 in strikeouts per nine innings (11.96).