Zach Plesac, a pitcher for the Ball State baseball team in 2014, has been selected as the National Freshman Pitcher of the Year by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
“Being selected as the National Freshman Pitcher of the Year is a tremendous honor,” Ball State head baseball coach Rich Maloney said. “It is a true testament to the outstanding season Zach and our team had in 2014. We are extremely happy for Zach and this honor.”
Plesac was also named to the Collegiate Baseball Louisville Slugger All-America Third Team and was named to the publication’s Freshmen All-America Team.
The Mid-American Conference Freshman Pitcher of the Year, Plesac tallied a 12-2 pitching record with six saves and a 2.11 earned-run average for the Cardinals. He ranks fourth in the nation in pitching victories. A three-time MAC West Division Pitcher of the Week, Plesac struck out 67 batters in 85.1 innings pitched this past season.
Plesac was one of only three players from the MAC honored on the Louisville Slugger All-America teams with teammate Sean Godfrey and 2014 MAC Pitcher of the Year Seth Varner of Miami University also earning third-team honors.
Plesac helped Ball State to a 39-18 overall record, a 22-4 MAC mark, the MAC Regular-Season Championship and a MAC West Division title.