Washington State infielder Kyle Manzardo began the season the same way he ended it – as an All-American.
The junior from Coeur d’Alene was named to the Collegiate Baseball All-America first team Thursday. He earned preseason third-team honors by the same publication.
Manzardo is WSU’s first All-America first-team selection since pitcher Aaron Sele in 1990 and is the first position player to earn first-team honors since John Olerud in 1988. Manzardo also becomes just the second Cougar to be a two-time All-American, joining Phil Westerndorf (1975, 1977) after earning third-team honors last season.
Manzardo was one of two players from the Pac-12 on the first team, joined by Arizona’s Jacob Berry as a designated hitter.
Gonzaga starting pitcher Alek Jacob earned second-team honors. Jacob was named the West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year Wednesday. Zags teammate Brett Harris was on the third team.
Jacob went 7-1 in 76⅔ innings, posting a 2.82 ERA in 10 starts.
Pair of Cougars on Pac-12 all-conference first team
Manzardo and WSU infielder/catcher Tristan Peterson were named to the Pac-12 All-Conference first team.
Joining the duo as honorable mentions was Jake Meyer.
Oregon outfielder Aaron Zavala was named the conference player of the year.
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