St. Louis, Mo., May 8, 2019–The No. 5-ranked Washington University in St. Louis baseball team swept all four major awards and had five student-athletes named to the 2019 University Athletic Association (UAA) Team, as announced Thursday by the league office.
Junior infielder John Brinkman becomes the first player in school history to be named the Position Player of the Year in just its third year of existence, while senior John Howard earned Pitcher of the Year for the second-consecutive season and freshman Caleb Durbin was honored as the Rookie of the Year.
In addition, head coach Pat Bloom and assistant coaches Adam Rosen and Tyler Schmitt were named the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year. Bloom and his staff earned the honor for the second time in three seasons (2017, 2019).
Brinkman, a two-time first-team all-UAA selection, hit .406 with two homeruns, nine doubles and a team-best 41 RBI. He ranks in the top-10 in the league in eight categories, including second in hits (58), RBI and batting average. Brinkman hit safely in 32 of 37 games, and led the squad with 13 multiple-RBI games. He also had a 1-1 record with five saves and did not allow an earned run in nine innings on the mound.
Durbin, a first-team all-UAA honoree, leads the UAA in hitting with a .410 batting average, 59 hits and 48 runs scored. He has slugged 13 doubles, four triples and two home runs while knocking in 25 runs with 18 stolen bases. Durbin hit safely in 30 of 37 contests, and led the team with 21 multiple-hit games. He is the second player in school history to earn UAA Rookie of the Year honors joining Loutos (2018).
Howard, a two-time first-team all-UAA selection, has a 10-0 record with a 1.05 earned run average in 11 starts this season. He leads the conference in wins, innings pitched (77.2), fewest hits allowed (60) and strikeouts (88), and is second in complete games (2), strikeouts per game (10.26) and earned run average. Howard tied a career-high with 10 strikeouts in a 12-2 win over New York University on April 12.
Sophomore Ryan Loutos, who earned first-team all-UAA honors for the second straight season, has a 2-0 record with a 1.40 earned run average in 11 starts this season for the Bears. He ranks first in the conference in strikeouts per game (11.93), second in strikeouts (85) and third in ERA, and his career-best 15 strikeouts at Monmouth on April 28 is a conference high.
Junior Matt Ashbaugh, a second-team all-UAA selection, has a 6-0 with a 2.08 ERA in seven starts for the Bears. He was third in the league in wins, strikeouts (45), strikeouts per game (8.58) and fifth in earned run average. Ashbaugh struck out five or more batters five times this season, including career-best seven in 6-2 win vs. Illinois Wesleyan on March 24.
WashU posted a 31-5-1 record in the regular season and captured its eighth conference title in school history with a 12-2 mark. The 31 wins are the fifth most in a single season.
The Bears are seeking their fourth NCAA appearance in the last five years and 12th overall. The 2019 NCAA Division III Baseball Selection Show is set for Monday, May 13, at 11 a.m. at www.ncaa.com.