Mizzou pitcher Tanner Houck earns Preseason All-American honors

1 year 1 month 4 weeks ago January 25, 2016 Jan 25, 2016 Monday, January 25 2016 Monday, January 25, 2016 5:38:00 PM CST in Sports
By: Joseph Gjata, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - Mizzou Baseball sophomore pitcher Tanner Houck was named a Preseason All-American by D1Baseball.com Monday. Houck earned a spot on the D1Baseball’s All-America Third Team making the Illinois native the first Mizzou player awarded such a distinction since Kyle Gibson and Trevor Coleman in 2009.

Houck put up sensational numbers in his freshman season. He recorded eight wins last season under manager Tim Jamieson, most by a freshman since Gibson in 2007. His 100.2 innings pitched were also the most by a freshman in the country.

Houck finished his freshman season with 91 strikeouts and 12 walks in 15 starts. He also tallied a 3.49 ERA.

The righty notched two wins in Mizzou’s defeat of three top-five teams: No. 6 South Carolina, No. 4 Florida and No. 1 Texas A&M en route to an All-SEC Freshman Team honor.

During the offseason, Houck had a stint with USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team. He led the summer team in innings, strikeouts and starts, including a 4.0 perfect innings in a combined no-hitter against Cuba.

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