MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (June 13, 2019) – West Virginia University junior right-handed starter Alek Manoah has been named to a fifth All-America First Team, to extend his program record, as he was recognized by D1Baseball on Thursday.
The only player in Mountaineer history with more than two first team All-America accolades, Manoah has more than doubled the program’s all-time number of first-team awards in the past two weeks, from four to nine. On Wednesday, he was honored by NCBWA and Perfect Game, after Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America named him to their All-America first teams on May 30 and June 10, respectively.
Manoah is the fourth player in program history to be named a first team All-American and the second to earn multiple first team awards.
The 21st Mountaineer to earn an All-America honor, Manoah’s D1Baseball accolade is the 52nd overall All-America accolade in program history. He joins Bill Marovic (1964), Chris Enochs (twice in 1997) and Jedd Gyorko (2010) as WVU’s All-America first-team honorees.
Nineteen of West Virginia’s 52 total All-America accolades have come since 2015 and 20 have been since coach Randy Mazey arrived in Morgantown in 2013.
Manoah’s five All-America accolades are the latest in a long list of postseason honors. Last week, he was named the NCBWA District 2 Player of the Year and a finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and was selected with the No. 11 overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. Earlier today, he was named to the ABCA All-Region First Team.
Coming off one of the most dominating seasons in West Virginia history, Manoah is the first player to be named a Dick Howser Trophy finalist, the second to be picked in the first round of the draft and the fourth to be named the NCBWA District Player of the Year.
Manoah is a finalist for the National Pitcher of the Year by the College Baseball Foundation and was named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year and a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award. He was 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.comPerformance of the Week award three consecutive weeks.
In an impressive junior season, Manoah broke the single-season record for strikeouts, with 144, and tied the WVU record for starts, with 16. He finished the year No. 3 in strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.33/1), tied for No. 6 in wins (9) and shutouts (2) and was No. 9 in strikeouts per nine innings (11.96).
In the national statistical rankings, Manoah is No. 6 nationally in strikeouts (144), 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), No. 30 in strikeouts per nine innings (11.96), No. 33 in wins (9), No. 35 in strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.33) and No. 37 in complete games (2).
In Manoah’s three-year Mountaineer career, he ranks No. 3 all-time in strikeouts per nine innings (10.28), No. 7 in strikeouts (249) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (2.83), tied for No. 8 in appearances (58) and tied for No. 10 in starts (34).
Manoah owns a career ERA of 2.81 in 218.0 innings pitched. He allowed 91 runs, 68 earned, on 167 hits with 249 strikeouts and 88 walks. Manoah held opponents to a .212 batting average and recorded a 13-10 record.
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS
Press Release Credit: WVU Athletics Communications