Manoah again earns national accolade

WVU Baseball

For the second time in the last three weeks, West Virginia University junior right-handed starter Alek Manoah has been named the National Pitcher of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA).

Manoah is the second Mountaineer in program history to be recognized with NCBWA weekly accolades twice in the same season, joining left-handed pitcher Harrison Musgrave, who was honored twice in 2013.

Manoah also earned the Golden Spikes Award/ Performance of the Week award for the third consecutive week, USA Baseball announced today. Yesterday, he was named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week and the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week for a third consecutive week and one of Collegiate Baseball’s National Players of The Week for the second week in a row.

For the second consecutive start, Manoah struck out 15 batters in a complete-game shutout. In WVU’s 1-0, walk-off win against Kansas on April 20, he once again did not walk a batter and allowed just three hits.

Against KU, Manoah matched his career high with 15 strikeouts, set a week before, as he became the first Mountaineer in program history to strike out 15 batters in a complete-game shutout in back-to-back weeks. He is the fourth player in WVU history with multiple 15-strikeout games in the same season, and the first since John Radosevich struck out 17 once and 16 twice in 1965.

As Manoah extended his shutout streak to 31.2 consecutive innings, he earned his team-leading sixth win of the season with his eighth quality start in 10 starts this year.

The Miami native struck out two batters in an inning four times and struck out three in the first. He had at least one strikeout in every inning and retired 12 in a row beginning in the second inning. He added four perfect 1-2-3 innings.

Manoah was the lone Big 12 pitcher to notch more than 10 strikeouts and the only one to not walk a batter in more than 5.1 innings pitched last week.

On the season, Manoah leads the Big 12 in nearly every statistical category. He is No. 6 nationally with 95 strikeouts, No. 7 with a 0.80 WHIP, No. 13 with two complete games and No. 19 with 5.30 hits allowed per nine innings. He also leads the Big 12 with a 1.81 ERA, six wins, 69.2 innings pitched, two shutouts and a .170 opponent batting average, while he is second with one home run allowed.

From April 8-9, Manoah was named the NCBWA National Pitcher of the Week, Big 12 Pitcher of the Week and earned the Golden Spikes Award/ Performance of the Week award after he struck out 11 batters in 8.0 shutout innings in a series-opening victory at then-No. 23 Oklahoma State on April 5.

The following week, in a complete-game shutout against then-No. 11 Texas Tech on April 12, Manoah struck out a career-high 15 batters and held the Big 12’s highest-scoring offense to four hits with no walks in WVU’s 2-0, series-opening victory. He was recognized as the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week and named the Golden Spikes Award/ Performance of the Week award winner for the second consecutive week.

Manoah’s performances have helped the Mountaineers to series wins each week, as West Virginia has won four consecutive weekend series and 10 of its last 13 games.

West Virginia continues Big 12 play this weekend at Texas, in a series that begins on Friday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT. The series in Austin, Texas, continues on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. CT. The finale at Disch-Falk Field concludes on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET/noon CT. All three games at Texas will be broadcast live on the Longhorn Network.

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