WVU pitcher up for Spikes Award
MORGANTOWN — Junior right-handed pitcher Alek Manoah of the No. 17 West Virginia University baseball team has been named one of 25 semifinalists for the Golden Spikes Award, as announced by USA Baseball on Wednesday.
In the midst of one of the most impressive seasons in Mountaineer baseball history, Manoah is the first player in program history to be named a Golden Spikes Award semifinalist.
The 42nd Golden Spikes Award winner will be announced on June 14. From now until May 26, voting will take place, which includes a fan vote. Fans can vote for Manoah up to 25 times per day at USABaseball.com.
The finalists will be announced on May 29. Beginning that same day through June 10, the voting body and fans will be able to cast their final vote for the Golden Spikes Award winner.
The NCBWA Pitcher of the Month for April, and a two-time NCBWA National Pitcher of the Week, Manoah is the first pitcher in Big 12 history to be named Pitcher of the Week three consecutive weeks and the fourth player in conference history to earn four Pitcher of the Week accolades in the same season. He also is the first player to ever earn the Golden Spikes Award/D1Baseball.com Performance of the Week award three consecutive weeks.
Manoah is the only player in Big 12 history since at least 2003 to have struck out 15 batters in a complete-game shutout in back-to-back weeks.
Statistically, Manoah ranks No. 6 nationally in strikeouts (121), No. 13 in the country in WHIP (0.89), No. 23 in ERA (1.89), No. 24 in hits allowed per nine innings (5.86), No. 29 in complete games (2), No. 30 in strikeouts per nine innings (12.01) and No. 31 in strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.50). He also is second in the Big 12 with seven victories and has 10 quality starts in 13 starts this season.
In the West Virginia record books, Manoah has 121 strikeouts on the season, second-most in program history and two shy of tying John Radosevich’s record of 123, set in 1964. His 5.50 strikeout-to-walk ratio is third, his two shutouts is sixth and his 12.01 strikeouts per nine innings is eighth-best in team history.
Additionally, Manoah’s 10.15 strikeouts per nine innings in his career is No. 4 in the WVU record books, while his 2.72 strikeout-to-walk ratio is No. 8 and his ERA (2.79) and strikeouts (226) are both tied for 10th.
Up next, the Mountaineers conclude the regular season at home against George Washington today through Saturday at Monongalia County Ballpark.