TUCSON - Seattle University's lefthanded pitcher Tarik Skubal (Kingman Academy, 2014) received recognition for his stellar first year of college baseball Wednesday, earning a spot on the Freshmen All-American Team as selected by Collegiate Baseball.
Skubal finished the 2015 season with a 7-4 overall record, leading the Redhawk pitching staff in victories, and a 3.24 earned run average. In 83-1/3 innings of work, he allowed just 69 hits and 37 runs, 30 of them earned. He struck out 68 batters while walking just 27 and allowed a .224 opponent batting average.
As the Sunday starter in conference play, Skubal posted a 6-1 record with a 2.47 earned run average and had two complete games over the final two weekends of the regular season. He struck out 51 batters in 51 innings on the mound, including 11 strikeouts on May 10 against Chicago State, tying the modern-day single-game school record for strikeouts.
He earned the victory as the starting pitcher against Bakersfield at the WAC Baseball Tournament May 22, allowing five hits and three runs, two earned, in six innings of work against the Roadrunners as he helped the Redhawks advance to the championship round. Skubal received Second Team All-WAC recognition for his performance during the year, one of three Redhawks to earn All-WAC honors after the regular season.
Skubal is one of two players from the Western Athletic Conference named to the Freshmen All-American Team, along with WAC Freshman of the Year Garrison Schwartz from Grand Canyon. He is also the only player from any of the Division I teams from the state of Washington to earn a spot on the squad.
Skubal is one of 10 pitchers who saw action during the 2015 season expected back for the Redhawks next year. Seattle U won a school-record 31 games this past season, finished second in the WAC regular season standings, and advanced to the WAC Tournament title game.