COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State senior reliever Seth Kinker added to his postseason accolades Wednesday as the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association named him a first team All-American. Kinker, from Huntington, W. Va., also was named a second team All-American by Perfect Game today.
"I'm truly honored to be recognized by the NCBWA and other committees across the country," Kinker said. "I want to thank everyone who has put me in the best situation possible to succeed here at Ohio State and I would like to congratulate all the other student-athletes for being selected for this honor."
Kinker appeared in 30 games this season and went 6-2 with a 2.27 ERA with 15 saves. He struck out 60 and only walked five in 63.1 innings of work.
His 15 saves in 2018 ranked third in OSU single-season history. He had 24 saves in his career, which is fourth in the OSU record book. Kinker is the school-record holder for career appearances with 109 games in four years in the Scarlet and Gray. He also is the career record holder for fewest career runs (66), fewest career earned runs (52) and third in career ERA (2.36).
Here's some other notes, awards and accomplishments from Kinker's superb senior year:
- Became the second Buckeye in program history to be named a Stopper of the Year Finalist by NCBWA last week.
- Kinker was named a second team All-American by Collegiate Baseball, becoming the 51st in Ohio State history.
- Kinker is a Senior CLASS Award Finalist, one of 10 in the country.
- From Cabell-Midland High School, Kinker was named a second team All-Big Ten selection after leading the Big Ten during the regular season with a 1.62 ERA. His 15 saves is second-most in the league in 2018.
- Kinker's strikeout-to-walk ratio ranked first in the Big Ten and third in the country (12.00)
- Had six three-inning saves in 2018 and was second on the team with six victories.
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