VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Jacob Pilarski of the Virginia Wesleyan University baseball team has been named to the Preseason All-America Second Team as a utility player by D3baseball.com. This comes on the heels of being named a Third Team All-American last season.
Pilarski had a tremendous year as a two way player for the Marlins, particularly excelling on the bump. The sophomore amassed a perfect 11-0 record, breaking the Virginia Wesleyan single season wins record in the process. Tossing 92.0 innings, Pilarski kept an ERA of just 2.05, leading all pitchers in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC). The Pittsburgh, Pa. native also ranked third in the conference (first on the team) in strikeouts, fanning 80 batters on the year.
It wasn't just his pitching that propelled him to All-America status as Pilarski was productive in the batter's box as well. With a bat in hand, he mashed 40 hits on the year, registering 28 RBI. Pilarski maintained a batting average of .304 and led the squad in slugging percentage (.500). Of his 40 hits, 16 went for extra bases as well (11 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR).
Pilarski has been acknowledged for his efforts as well, earning All-ODAC First Team honors as well as several ODAC Pitcher of the Week accolades. Earlier this week he was also tagged a First Team All-Region member by both D3baseball.com and ABCA/Rawlings.