St. Louis, Mo., May 9, 2018 – Four Bears from the Washington University in St. Louis baseball team were honored in Wednesday's University Athletic Association (UAA) announcement of all-conference team, including junior John Howard being named Pitcher of the Year and freshman pitcher Ryan Loutos' selection as the Rookie of the Year.
Howard and Loutos were joined on the all-UAA First Team by sophomore infielder/pitcher John Brinkman, while freshman pitcher Tim Tague earned selection to the all-UAA Second Team. Howard is the second consecutive WashU student-athlete to earn the Pitcher of the Year award in just its second year of existence, as Brad Margolin claimed the first year award in 2017.
After a strong sophomore campaign in 2017, Howard took a major step forward in 2018 to solidify himself as the Bears ace. On the season, he made 12 appearances including 10 starts with a 6-3 record. Howard compiled 71.1 innings pitched while holding opponents to 58 hits with 63 strikeouts. He allowed just eight earned runs for a UAA leading 1.01 earned run average which ranks fourth in Division III. Howard never allowed more than two earned runs in a single outing. He was named the UAA Pitcher of the Week three times in 2018 and averaged 9.11 strikeouts per-nine innings in five appearances against UAA opponents.
Loutos demonstrated a powerful right arm in his freshman season, finishing with a UAA leading 75 strikeouts. He averaged 11.77 strikeouts per-nine innings which ranked 27th in Division III. Loutos completed the regular season with a 2.83 ERA which ranked fifth in the UAA. Overall, he made 10 appearances with a 5-3 record and one save while throwing 57.1 innings, allowing 46 hits and just 12 walks to pair with 75 strikeouts. Loutos' 6.25 strikeout-to-walk ratio ranked in DIII's top-50 this year.
Brinkman continued to build on a strong start to his Bears career in 2018, as his .372 batting average not only led WashU but also the entire UAA. In addition to leading the team in batting, he totaled a team-high 15 doubles and 42 runs batted in while compiling a .445 on-base percentage. Brinkman averaged 1.27 RBI and 0.45 doubles per game which rank 38th and 37th nationally. He was also called upon to pitch in 10 games this season, in which he held opponents to 3.38 ERA while earning one victory and one save with 18 strikeouts in 13.1 innings pitched.
Tague established himself as the unquestioned bullpen ace for the Bears in his first-year. He posted a 5-2 record with two saves in 37.2 innings pitched, holding opponents to a 2.63 ERA and tallying 41 strikeouts. Tague led the Bears in pitching appearances with 15 and his ERA ranked third in the UAA while also ranking in the top-five in wins and saves.