SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento State pitcher Austin Root was named to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings 2018 West Region Second Team.
With the selection, Root is the first Sacramento State pitcher to be named to a ABCA/Rawlings West Region team in program history. He joins first baseman Rhys Hoskins (2nd Team, 2014) and second baseman Andrew Ayers (2nd Team, 2012) as the only players to have received the honor.
Root, who graduated from Sacramento State last month, put together a career year during his senior campaign for the Hornets. He went 11-3 with a 2.93 ERA in 18 games (14 starts), becoming the first Sacramento State pitcher to win 11 games since the 1993 season (Roland DeLaMaza, 11). His 11 wins are also tied for the fifth most in the nation.
The senior right-hander was also one of the best in the nation in terms of command, finishing 33rd in all of NCAA Div. I with a 1.51 Walks Allowed Per Nine Innings. His 1.03 WHIP was the 49th lowest in the nation and his 4.38 Strikeout-to-Walk ratio was 84th.
In conference play, Root was exceptional, going 6-1 with a 2.94 ERA. In the conference tournament, Root made two appearances, including a seven-inning complete game win over CSU Bakersfield. He took the mound again the next night to throw 1.2 scoreless innings in Sacramento State's thrilling 4-3 win over New Mexico State in 15 innings.
Root was named to the second team all-WAC and earned all-tournament honors at the WAC Tournament in Mesa, Ariz. last month.