West Virginia star pitcher Alek Manoah was just named a first team All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. Manoah, a junior from Miami, Florida spent two years as a bullpen arm and spot starter for head coach Randy Mazey before a stint in the Cape Cod League allowed Manoah to harness his fastball. This year, Manoah slid into the Friday night starter spot and struck out 125 batters, a West Virginia record, to go along with his 9-3 record and sub-2.00 ERA.
Manoah is the 19th player in program history to be named an All-American and the first since Jedd Gyorko in 2010 to be named a First Teamer.
Manoah is also a finalist for the National Pitcher of the Year by the College Baseball Foundation and was named the 2019 Big 12 Pitcher of the Year. Manoah, in his only start in the Big 12 Tournament, threw 8 innings against Texas Tech allowing only 4 hits and one run.