Potomac State’s Mitchell named 1st Team All-American
|Evan Mitchell was named as a NJCAA 1st Team All-American on Monday. Photo by Raymond Burner|
By Roy Harper
Keyser, WV- During the 2015 baseball season, Evan Mitchell had one of the finest single season pitching performances in Potomac State Baseball history. For his efforts he was named as a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) 1st team All-American.
Mitchell becomes the sixteenth All-American in baseball for Potomac State College since 2000 and the first 1st team member since Gary Williams was named in 2009.
Mitchell, a Lynchburg, VA native finished the 2015 season with a 12-1 record and an earned run average of 1.16. His 12 wins was tied for 1st in all of NJCAA Division 1, while his ERA was tied for second in the country.
Amazing as his season was Mitchell did most of his work striking out just 65 batters in 85 innings pitched.
“I knew coming into the season that I would need to throw an abundance of strikes,” said Mitchell. “I also knew that if I did that I could rely on my defense- whenever I was on the mound I knew my defense would come through and help me when I got into tough situations.”
Potomac State Head Coach Doug Little sang the praises of the sophomore right-hander.
“Evan was good as a freshman, (he went 6-0), but he tried to strike every hitter out; this season he pounded the strike zone, worked efficiently, and really became a complete pitcher.”
Little continued, “His season was incredible. He pitched in big games, had an amazing calmness about him and really could respond in tough situations.”
Mitchell allowed 19 runs all season and just eleven of those were earned. He pitched in 12 games, starting eleven and threw six complete games including one in the post-season.
In his two post-season starts Mitchell threw 17 innings and allowed just two runs on seven hits, while striking out 20 hitters.
“Being named All-American is a huge honor, the biggest honor I have ever received,” said Mitchell. “I could not however have achieved such an honor without the help, dedication and encouragement of my coaches.”
“My teammates were amazing; through hard work and dedication this team I played for had the heart and love for the game. I will forever be thankful to them.”
Mitchell wraps up his career at Potomac State in second place for career wins with 18 and tied for third in complete games.
Mitchell will next take his pitching skills to Liberty University where he signed in the early signing period last fall.
Mitchell joins the following Potomac State players who have been named All-American since 2000:
Elliott McCummings 2013, Jacksonville State University; Nate Antone 2011, West Virginia University; Kurtis Voytell 2010, Towson University; Gary Williams 2009, West Virginia Wesleyan University; Dominick Hayes 2009, West Virginia University; Nathan Fike 2008, Philadelphia Phillies; Jacke Healey 2008, Youngstown State University; Joe Agreste 2007, West Virginia University; Enrique Garcia 2006, University of Miami (Fla.); J.T. Osburn 2005, Ohio University; Jeff Miller 2004, WV State University; Justin Jenkins, 2003 West Virginia University; Drew Jackson, 2002 St. Johns University; Morgan Clendenin, 2002, Baltimore Orioles; Jake Ellifritz, 2000 Coastal Carolina