Jun 25, 2013; Omaha, NE, USA; General view of TD Ameritrade Park during the first inning in game 2 of the College World Series finals between the UCLA Bruins and the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
The postseason honors continue for the University of Washington in the wake of their outstanding 2014 season. On Wednesday, junior right-handed pitcher Tyler Davis was named a 2014 third-team All-American pitcher by the NCBWA.
This is a huge honor for the Husky baseball program as Davis was the first player to earn such an honor since Tim Lincecum back in the 2006 season.
Davis, was outstanding all season long for Washington as the Mountain View, California native was 11-2, with a 1.60 earned run average. He appeared in 17 games, with 15 starts and was very durable and reliable all season long. This durability was highlighted by going at least eight innings over the course of his final five starts.
Over the course of 106.2 innings Davis was stingy in only allowing 88 hits. He also had pinpoint control by walking just 15 batters and made many batters look foolish chasing that changeup.
This type of accomplishment can only help the Huskies moving forward in recruiting future pitching prospects. Pitchers want to be a part of programs where they will be showcased at the highest level. Thus, the best way to get recruits attention besides winning is to produce top flight pitching on a regular basis.
The combination of the all-american success by Davis who could very well be back in 2015 to anchor the rotation and Jeff Brigham getting drafted high are huge bonuses for the Washington program.
This should create the perfect storm of momentum that could very well be the start of a great run of pitching excellence for Husky baseball. The sport of college baseball has evolved greatly into a pitching and defense type of sport. That is why the Washington program is primed if they keep developing great pitching to be very good for a long time.