TUCSON, Ariz. – Senior left-handed pitcher Seth Varner’s (Batavia, Ohio/Clermont Northeastern) dominant 2014 campaign caught the eye of national pundits this spring.
Varner parlayed a big season into a spot on the Louisville Slugger All-America Third Team, as announced by Collegiate Baseball newspaper on Thursday.
The surface stats were already impressive for Varner as the senior southpaw compiled a 7-3 record with a 2.85 ERA. He pitched at least five innings in all 15 of his starts, tossing at least six frames in 14 of those appearances. In 104.1 innings, he fanned a school-record 123 batters against only 25 walks. During Mid-American Conference play, Varner posted a 4-1 record with a 2.06 ERA and fanned 78 batters while walking only 12 in 65.2 innings. That consistent dominance earned the Batavia, Ohio native first-team All-MAC honors and the MAC Pitcher of the Year award. He is the first Miami player to win the yearly conference award.
Varner is the ninth player Miami history to garner All-America distinction. He is the first to earn the honor since the 2004 campaign.
Nationally, Varner’s 123 strikeouts ranked fourth among all pitchers while his 10.61 strikeouts per nine innings sit 13th nationally entering the NCAA Tournament.
The RedHawks posted a 30-27 overall record with an 18-9 mark in conference play to claim their first MAC East title since 2005 this spring.