April 24, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona junior pitcher Kurt Heyer is one of 50 players that were named to the initial Pitcher of the Year Watch List, released by the College Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday afternoon.
Heyer has been Arizona's Friday night ace in each of his three seasons at the school and is turning in a sensation junior campaign. The right-hander boasts an impressive 7-1 record, a 1.96 ERA, 62 strikeouts and just 12 walks in 78.0 innings pitched this season. He has four complete games, including one in each of his last three outings.
A native of Huntington Beach, Calif., Heyer owns a 22-10 record and a 2.56 ERA in his career. He leads active pitchers nationally with 305 strikeouts, and has just 67 walks allowed in 318.1 innings pitched. His 47 starts are fifth-most in program history.
The winner of the Pitcher of the Year Award will be announced on June 30 in Lubbock, Texas, as part of the annual College Baseball Night of Champions. The event features the presentation of numerous awards and the induction ceremony for this year's Hall of Fame class.
Former Arizona baseball coach Frank Sancet will be formally inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame at this year's ceremonies. Sancet is the third member of the UA baseball program to be voted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame. Former coach Jerry Kindall was elected in 2007, and Terry Francona was inducted in June 2011.
Heyer will take the mound on Friday night when the Wildcats open a three-game series against East Tennessee State. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Hi Corbett Field.