Texas will begin this baseball season with All-American bookends to its pitching staff.
Texas junior pitchers Nolan Kingham and Beau Ridgeway have both been voted onto the preseason All-American team compiled by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. It was revealed on Monday that Ridgeway was a second-team pick. Kingham earned third-team honors.
Last month, Kingham landed on the third team of Perfect Game/Rawlings and Collegiate Baseball’s All-America teams.
Last season, Kingham became UT’s first 10-game winner since 2011. Only three pitchers in the Big 12 bettered the 2.84 ERA posted by Kingham, a 6-3 right-hander from Las Vegas. His opposing batting average of .240 ranked eighth in the Big 12, and he was the only hurler in the conference to complete two games.
Ridgeway earned 12 saves in 2017, and he also posted a 1.89 ERA over 52.1 innings. Ridgeway will remain in the closer role this year, although Texas coach David Pierce recently told reporters that “he swears to me he can (start) on Tuesdays and close the other ones that we need.”
Kingham did not appear in UT’s alumni game this past Saturday, but Ridgeway retired the three batters he faced. The Longhorns open their 2018 season against Louisiana-Lafayette on Feb. 16.
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