LAWRENCE, Kan. – Already the Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Year and member of the All-Big 12 First Team, Kansas closer Jordan Piché was named to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Midwest Region Second Team as announced by the organization Tuesday afternoon.
Piché, who led the Big 12 with 12 saves after transferring to Kansas from Indian Hills Community College, was tabbed as one of the top-26 players, and second-best reliever in the ABCA’s Midwest Region. Piché posted a 6-4 record and led the Jayhawks with a 1.68 ERA in 32 appearances. His 12 saves were the second-most by a KU pitcher in a single season.
The Greeley, Colo., native was previously named among the Big 12 Conference’s top players and was just the second Jayhawk to claim the Newcomer of the Year award. The right-handed relief pitcher was the recipient of three Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honors this season, becoming the first player to earn more than two in a single season since the award began in 2011.
Piché struck out 49 batters while issuing just 10 walks and surrendering just five extra-base hits in 64.1 innings during his first campaign as a Jayhawk. He limited opposing batters to a .225 average, tops among Jayhawk pitchers with more than 20 innings pitched. The senior-to-be pitched in 15 Big 12 contests, more than half of the team’s 24 total league games.
In all, seven players from the Big 12 were voted to the team by coaches in the Midwest Region, including first team honorees Ross Kivett (K-State), Austin Fisher (K-State) and Jonathan Gray (Oklahoma).