For the second time in three weeks, West Virginia’s Alek Manoah was named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Pitcher of the Week.
Manoah struck out 15 batters in a complete-game shutout for a second-consecutive start. He once again did not walk a batter and allowed just three hits as WVU beat Kansas, 1-0, on April 20.
Manoah matched his career high with 15 strikeouts, set the 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.
WVU’s Manoah is the only Big 12 pitcher since at least 2003 to register 15 or more strikeouts in back-to-back games. Manoah’s 95 strikeouts rank sixth nationally.