MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (June 12, 2019) – Three West Virginia University baseball players have been named to the ABCA/Rawlings East All-Region Team, the American Baseball Coaches Association announced on Wednesday.
Junior right-hander Alek Manoah was named to the first team and senior right fielder Darius Hill and junior left-hander Nick Snyder were recognized on the second team.
WVU’s three all-region accolades are its most since tallying three in 2014, while the Mountaineers have had at least one all-region honoree every year since 2013.
Hill is recognized for the third time in his career, as he was on the first team in 2016 and 2018. The award is the first for Manoah and Snyder.
A three-time All-America first-team honoree, Manoah had one of the most impressive and decorated seasons in program history in 2019. He was named a first team All-American by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and Perfect Game, the NCBWA District 2 Player of the Year and a finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy. He also was selected with the No. 11 overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays, 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.
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).
One of the greatest players in program history, Hill was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 20th round of the 2019 MLB Draft. In his career, he was named to five freshman All-America teams and has been recognized on the All-Big 12 Second Team three times, the Big 12 All-Tournament Team and Academic All-Big 12 Team twice and named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention once. Hill also was named a 2019 Senior CLASS Award candidate.
Hill tied the Big 12 career record for doubles, with 79, and also owns the WVU career record for games played (235), starts (235) and at-bats (941). He ranks No. 2 in West Virginia history in hits (304), No. 3 in total bases (454), extra-base hits (106) and sacrifice flies (15), No. 4 in runs (176), No. 5 in triples (10), No. 6 in RBIs (163) and No. 7 in fielding percentage (.991). Hill hit .323 in his career with 17 home runs, 17 stolen bases and 86 walks.
As a senior in 2019, Hill played in and started all 60 games, which is tied for sixth-most in program history, and his 34 extra-base hits rank No. 8 in a single season. He was No. 4 nationally with 25 doubles and led the team with 75 hits, 41 RBIs, 47 runs, three triples, a .521 slugging percentage, 124 total bases and 238 at-bats. Hill was second on the team with a .315 batting average and fourth with six home runs and a .376 on-base percentage.
An 11th-round MLB draft pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks, Snyder was an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention in 2019 and was named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team. He was named the Perfect Game Pitcher of the Week and one of Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s national players of the week on May 6, after coming an out away from a no hitter on May 1.
Snyder ranks No. 6 in the country in strikeouts per nine innings (13.63), No. 12 in hits allowed per nine innings (5.56) and No. 33 in wins (9). He was second on the team in strikeouts (103) and fourth in ERA (2.65). In 68.0 innings, he allowed 20 earned runs on 42 hits with 34 walks. Snyder recorded a 9-1 record as the Mountaineers went 12-1 in his starts.
In the WVU single-season record book, Snyder finished No. 6 in strikeouts per nine innings (13.63), tied for No. 6 in wins (9), tied for No. 7 in winning percentage (.900) and No. 10 in strikeouts (103).
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Press Release Credit: WVU Athletics Communications