CORVALLIS — A 1.93 earned run average; A school-record 56 wins, 14 of which featured Oregon State shutouts; Three All-Americans.
That is just a short list of accolades for the Oregon State pitching staff in 2017, one that added another honor on Wednesday.
Nate Yeskie has been named Collegiate Baseball’s Pitching Coach of the Year for the 2017 season.
“I’m honored to receive the Pitching Coach of the Year award from Collegiate Baseball,” Yeskie said. “I appreciate the hard work of the players who collectively put forth the effort to make 2017 a special year for all of us.”
Collegiate Baseball has presented the honor 15 times in its history, dating back to the first recipient, Mark McQueen of VCU, in 2003. Yeskie is the first to receive it twice after also being honored in 2013.
“I’d like to congratulate Coach Yeskie on this well-deserved honor,” Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. “To receive this award twice during his tenure at Oregon State shows how highly respected he is across the country. He did a phenomenal job leading the pitching staff in 2017.”
The honor is the second of 2017 for Yeskie, who was also named the top assistant coach by D1Baseball.com.
Oregon State posted a school-record 1.93 ERA in 2017, a mark that led the nation by better than half a run. OSU also led the country with 56 wins, a 0.98 WHIP (walks plus hits per nine innings), 14 shutouts and 6.27 hits allowed per nine innings. The Beavers ranked fifth in strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.12) and seventh with just 2.59 walks per nine innings.
Senior Jake Thompson led the nation with 14 wins — tying the OSU single-season record — after coming into the season with just six wins in his previous three seasons. Luke Heimlich led the nation with a 0.76 ERA — a school-record — and was named the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year.
Thompson, Heimlich and Jake Mulholland were named All-Americans. Mulholland and fellow left-handed reliever Brandon Eisert were named Freshman All-Americans.
The 2017 season concluded Yeskie’s ninth as pitching coach at Oregon State. In those nine seasons, the staff has posted the three lowest ERAs in program history — 1.93 in 2017, 2.28 in 2013 and 2.29 in 2014. OSU pitchers, meanwhile, have tossed 71 shutouts, an average of nearly eight per season.
Yeskie has mentored nine different pitchers to All-American honors — including Andrew Moore, who earned that recognition twice. Nine OSU hurlers have also been named Freshman All-Americans during Yeskie’s tenure.