COLUMBUS, Ohio – On the eve the team’s second NCAA Tournament appearance in three years, Seth Kinker has another accomplishment to celebrate: the senior was named a Second Team All-American, Collegiate Baseball announced Thursday morning.
“Really happy for Seth,” head coach Greg Beals said. “He means so much to the success of our team. We are here in a regional in large part to the year Kinker had on the mound.”
The first All-American since 2016 and the 51st in Ohio State history, Kinker was one of the top pitchers from the Big Ten Conference in 2018. A second-team All-Big Ten, Kinker leads the conference in ERA with an impressive 1.49 mark. A Senior CLASS Award Finalist, Kinker’s ERA ranks fourth in the country. From Huntington, W. Va., he is 6-1 with 15 saves and 59 strikeouts in 60.1 innings of work. He’s only walked five batters, while holding opposing hitters to a .213 average. Kinker’s strikeout-to-walk ratio ranks third in the country (11.80). Kinker was named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team last week after throwing, 4.2 scoreless innings of relief with seven strikeouts to claim two saves at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. Kinker becomes the first second team All-American since 2006. He is the first pitcher to be named an All-American since Trace Dempsey in 2013, who also is from Huntington, W. Va.
Ohio State opens NCAA Regional play against South Carolina at 2 p.m. ET Friday in Greenville, N.C. The game will be televised on ESPN2 and can be heard on the radio on AM 1460 ESPN.