Stanford's Williams earns another postseason baseball honor


Stanford freshman right-handed pitcher Alex Williams, who helped keep Stanford's baseball season alive in regional play, earned Freshman All-America honors on Monday from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

Williams, a native of Castro Valley who attended Redwood Christian, had a 2.56 earned-run average and 0.97 WHIP (walks plus hits per innings pitched) in 14 appearances, including 10 starts. Williams issued eight walks with 43 strikeouts in 63 1/3 innings pitched, holding opposing hitters to a .226 batting average.

Facing elimination, Williams delivered a complete-game performance, striking out a career high seven in the Cardinal's 12-3 win over Sacramento State. Williams also earned Freshman All-America status from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

Williams' ERA ranked among the top five among freshmen in the nation.

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