Baseballís Jacob Named NCBWA Preseason All-American

RHP named to First Team ahead of junior season

SPOKANE, Wash. ó Gonzaga baseball's Alek Jacob was named a First Team Preseason All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association on Thursday.

Jacob returns to the mound for Gonzaga for his junior season in 2020 after putting up fantastic numbers for the Zags in his first two seasons. He was named a Second Team Preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper in December and a Third Team Preseason All-American by Perfect Game last month.

Earlier this week, he was also named to the Preseason All-WCC Team, while the Zags were picked by the coaches as the favorite to win the West Coast Conference title.

A two-time All-WCC honoree, the right-hander from Spokane, Wash., pitched in 25 games with four starts in 2019. He compiled a 7-3 record in 78.2 innings with a 2.17 ERA. Jacob had 12 saves and 87 strikeouts, leading the team in both categories.

Jacob helped the 2019 Zags to a second-place finish in the WCC and a 31-24 overall record on the year.

Jacob follows last season's Preseason All-America nod earned by Casey Legumina. Prior to Legumina, Jeff Bohling was the last Zag to earn Collegiate Baseball Preseason All-America honors in 2016. Marco Gonzales was also a preseason All-American ahead of the 2013 season.

Gonzaga will begin the 2020 campaign in Surprise, Ariz., against BYU, Oregon State and New Mexico on Feb. 14-17.

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