MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (April 8, 2019) – West Virginia University junior right-handed starter Alek Manoah has been named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week, the conference announced on Monday.
Manoah struck out 11 batters in 8.0 shutout innings to lead the Mountaineers to an 11-1, series-opening victory at No. 23 Oklahoma State on Friday night.
The Big 12 award is the first of Manoah’s career. It is WVU’s second conference accolade this season, after junior right-hander Kade Strowd also was named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week, on March 4.
Along with the Big 12 accolade, Manoah was named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week today and is nominated for the Golden Spikes Award/D1Baseball.com Performance of the Week award. One of four nominees, fans can vote for Manoah at @USAGoldenSpikes on Twitter.
In Friday night’s win, Manoah held the Cowboys to three hits with no walks and 11 strikeouts in a career-long 8.0 innings. He earned his sixth quality start in eight starts this season. Manoah retired the side in order five times and limited OSU to just three baserunners, only one of which advanced to second base, in the eighth inning.
Manoah’s performance helped WVU win the series at OSU, its second consecutive series victory against a top-25 opponent. West Virginia has won five of its last six games.
Up next, the Mountaineers travel to Maryland before a third consecutive Big 12 weekend series against a top-25 foe, vs. No. 11 Texas Tech from April 12-14. WVU and UMD meet on Wednesday, April 10, at 4 p.m. ET, in College Park, Maryland. West Virginia then continues Big 12 play against TTU at Monongalia County Ballpark, beginning on Friday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m. The series continues on Saturday, at 4 p.m., before the finale on Sunday, at 1 p.m.
Press Release Credit: WVU Athletics Communications
Photo Credit: Jeff Ruff, BGS