Already an ace, Texas junior pitcher Nolan Kingham is now viewed as an All-American.
Kingham has been placed on the third team of the Perfect Game/Rawlings Preseason All-American team, which was revealed on Tuesday. Kingham, a 6-3 right-hander from Las Vegas, had previously received a third-team nod on Collegiate Baseball’s preseason honor roll.
Kingham was one of seven Big 12 athletes recognized on the the Perfect Game/Rawlings Preseason All-American team. TCU designated hitter Luken Baker and Texas Tech pitcher Steven Gingery were first-team picks. Oklahoma outfielder Steele Walker, Baylor catcher Shea Langeliers and TCU pitchers Durbin Feltman and Jared Janczak landed on the second team.
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Kingham was used as UT’s Friday starter throughout much of the 2017 season. UT’s first 10-game winner since Taylor Jungmann in 2011, Kingham complimented his 10-4 record with a 2.84 ERA. The all-Big 12 honoree threw two complete games.
With Morgan Cooper now in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ farm system, Kingham will headline a pitching staff that includes returners Blair Henley, Beau Ridgeway and Chase Shugart. Texas went 39-24 last year. The Longhorns’ 3.15 ERA ranked ninth nationally.
Texas opens its season on Feb. 16 with a home game against Louisiana-Lafayette. The Longhorns’ annual alumni game is set for Feb. 3.