COLUMBUS, Ohio – Alex Wimmers was named today one of 15 national semifinalists for the College Baseball Foundation’s National Pitcher of the Year Award.
The sophomore ace of Ohio State’s staff, from Cincinnati and Archbishop Moeller High School, is 8-1 this season with a 2.75 earned run average and an opponents’ batting average of just .194. He leads the Big Ten in ERA, opponents’ batting average and strikeouts with 110.
Wimmers has produced a season full of gems on the mound so far. Two weeks ago he threw the first nine-inning no-hitter in Ohio State history while striking out 14 Michigan Wolverines in a 6-0 Ohio State win. The effort was his sixth game of 10-or-more strikeouts and it earned him every weekly award – six total – including “Louisville Slugger” National Player of the Week (for the second time this season), College Baseball Foundation & Hall of Fame’s National All-Star Lineup (for the third time), National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Pro-Line Athletic Pitcher of the Week and USA Baseball’s Golden Spikes Spotlight Player of the Week.
Wimmers, who has been the Big Ten Conference pitcher of the week four times this season, has produced these notable games this season in addition to his no-hitter:
Date and Opponent..............IP H R ER BB SO W/L
Feb. 20 vs. Notre Dame.........6.0 4 0 0 3 7 W
March 13 vs. Pittsburgh........9.0 6 3 3 2 15 W
*March 20 vs. Indiana..........9.0 5 0 0 0 14 W
#April 10 vs. Michigan State...9.0 2 1 1 2 11 W
$May 2 vs. Michigan............9.0 0 0 0 4 14 W
*Held Hoosiers to five singles; #Carried no-hitter into the eighth inning $First nine-inning no-hitter in Ohio State history
The Pitcher of the Year Award will be announced during the College Baseball Awards Show, July 2 in Lubbock, Texas, home of the College Baseball Foundation and Hall of Fame.
PITCHER OF THE YEAR AWARD SEMIFINALISTS:
•Mike Leake - Arizona State - PAC 10
•Deck McGuire - Georgia Tech - ACC
•Eric Arnett - Indiana - Big 10
•A.J. Morris - Kansas State - Big 12
•Louis Coleman - LSU - SEC
•Kyle Bellamy - Miami - ACC
•Buddy Baumann - Missouri State - MVC
•Daniel Calhoun - Murray State - OVC
•Alex Wimmers - Ohio State - Big 10•Mark Serrano - Oral Roberts - Summit League
•Addison Reed - San Diego State - Mountain West
•Stephen Strasburg - San Diego State - Mountain West
•Austin Wood - Texas - Big 12
•Brooks Raley - Texas A&M - Big 12
•Daniel Bibona - UC Irvine - Big West
College Baseball Foundation Release