LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall's Jonathan Cole was named to the D3baseball.com 2019 All-America Second Team, announced on Tuesday. The honor is the first of Cole's career as the standout righty became the program's first All-American since Tim Sheridan in 1995.
Cole (Cherry Hill, N.J. / Bishop Eustace Prep.) continues to be recognized nationally for his historic 2019 campaign. He has been named the All-Mid-Atlantic Region Pitcher of the Year, an All-Region First Team Selection, the Centennial Conference (CC) Pitcher of the Year, and an All-CC First Team member.
The junior ace of the staff produced the lowest-ever ERA (1.02) among F&M pitchers with at least 50 innings of work. Cole didn't allow an earned run through his last four starts on the season, which spanned 29 innings. Overall on the year, Cole tallied a 7-2 record, struck out 76 batters in 70 1/3 innings and held opponents to a mere .174 batting average. He struck out at least five batters in eight outings, including a program single-game record of 14 against Haverford on April 20th.
He was named CC Pitcher of the Week on two occasions while also earning a spot of the D3baseball.com Team of the Week and being recognized as an Honorable Mention Selection for the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) National Pitcher of the Week award.
F&M enjoyed one of its most successful seasons in program history, reaching the Centennial Playoffs for the second straight year and hosting a Tournament game for the first time since 2015. The Diplomats pitching staff was dominant, recording a single-season record of 320 strikeouts and tallying the second-lowest ERA (3.92) with at least 350 innings pitched.