Junior pitcher Joel Hake of the Youngstown State baseball team has been named to the Horizon League All-Academic Team for the 2018 season, the conference office announced on Thursday. The teams were voted on by the conference's faculty athletics representatives.
Hake has served as the Penguins' primary closer this season and has been one of their most effective arms out of the bullpen. The junior is tied for the team lead with 23 appearances and leads YSU with 28.2 innings of relief pitched. He is now tied for seventh all-time in school history with 73 career pitching appearances. Hake has not allowed an earned run in 15 different appearances and has recorded more than three outs in 10 different outings.
Hake leads the Penguins and is tied for third in the Horizon League with a career-high four saves. His four saves are also tied for the sixth most in a single season in school history. The Youngstown native has recorded a career-high 33 strikeouts while walking just 10 batters this season. He is also averaging a career-best 10.36 strikeouts per nine innings pitched, which is almost a six-point improvement from last season. Hake holds a 3.65 GPA as a nursing major.
To be eligible for All-Academic Team consideration, student-athletes must be a starter of important reserve for their team, have completed at least 24 semester (or 36 quarter) hours at their institution and have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2.