St. Louis, Mo., August 29, 2019 – The Washington University in St. Louis baseball team was honored by the NCAA as Division III's statistical champion in earned run average for the 2019 season as the Bears posted the nation's leading mark of 2.05.
The Bears historic season was filled with numerous accomplishments including tying for the program's most victories in a season (34), winning the most NCAA Tournament games (three), having a pair of All-America selections (John Howard and John Brinkman) while leading Division III in ERA (2.05), shutouts (10) and WHIP (1.03).
Howard was named the National Pitcher of the Year by D3baseball.com while leading the pitching staff with a 1.23 ERA. Brinkman led the relievers with a 0.00 ERA as eight Bears finished the season with double digit innings pitched and ERA's below 3.20. WashU also tallied the second best strikeout-to-walk ratio in DIII with a 4.61 mark.
The Bears captured the University Athletic Association (UAA) title with a 12-2 conference record and secured the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year honor led by head coach Pat Bloom. WashU hosted the NCAA Regional round for the first time since 2006, making the Tournament for the third time out of four with Bloom at the helm.