Six baseball Jayhawks named to All-Big 12 teams
LAWRENCE, Kan. – In preparation for the 2018 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship, the league office announced Tuesday that six different Kansas baseball players garnered All-Big 12 recognition for their performances throughout the season.
Sophomore right-handed starter Ryan Zeferjahn was the lone Jayhawk tabbed with second-steam recognition, while sophomore second baseman James Cosentino, redshirt-sophomore reliever Ryan Cyr, junior left fielder Devin Foyle, sophomore catcher Jaxx Groshans and junior closer Zack Leban each earned honorable mention nods.
“We have a really young team,” head coach Ritch Price said. “We play a lot of young guys regularly. It was a pleasure to watch these guys develop throughout the course of the season, and to earn an honor like this shows how hard they have worked.”
Zeferjahn ranked tied for first in the league in wins (8), second in strikeouts (98), third in innings pitched (78.1), fourth in opponent batting average (.216) and ninth in ERA (4.02). His 98 strikeouts are the most by a KU pitcher since 2016 when Ben Krauth fanned 103, while his eight wins are the most since Drew Morovick picked up 10 victories in 2014.
“I am really proud of Zeferjahn’s development,” Price said. “His whole future is ahead of him. The progress he has made from his freshman year to his sophomore year has been remarkable. If he continues to work hard and stay healthy, he has a legitimate chance to make Team USA this summer and be a first round draft pick come next spring.”
Of the five honorable mention nods, Cosentino is the lone repeat honor as he earned All-Big 12 Second Team recognition in 2017 after a strong freshman campaign. In addition, KU has had at least one pitcher earn first or second-team distinctions the past seven-straight seasons, dating back to 2012.
Kansas opens up the 2018 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship Wednesday, May 23, as the No. 8 seed and will play the No. 1 seed in Texas at 12:30 p.m. Fans can watch the game live on Fox College Sports or tune into the Jayhawk Radio Network via KUAthletics.com/Radio or KLWN 1320 AM/101.7 FM for an audio broadcast.
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