Kirby Named Baseball America All-American

Virginia's ace, sophomore left-hander Nathan Kirby, has been named a first-team All-American by Baseball America.

The publication released its three-team list of college baseball All-Americans on Wednesday morning. Kirby was the only Cavalier to make the list.

"The sophomore seized the No. 1 starter role for one of the country’s premier teams by posting 11 straight quality starts to open the year, leading the ACC in ERA and WHIP," Baseball America wrote.

Kirby was one of four starting pitchers on the first team.

Kirby will take a 9-2 record into the College World Series, with a 1.73 ERA and 104 strikeouts in 104 innings pitched. His first career complete game was an 18-strikeout no-hitter at Pittsburgh on April 4, and he held Arkansas to one hit in eight shutout innings in NCAA regional play on May 31.

Kirby is coming off his worst start of the season, giving up a season-high five runs on seven hits in just 4.2 innings in a loss to Maryland last Saturday in the NCAA super regionals.

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