ETSU baseball starting pitcher, Landon Knack, a Johnson City native who played his high school baseball at Science Hill, was named to Collegiate Baseball’s All-American team last week. Knack received first-team recognition and was tabbed an All-American for the first time in his career.
In the shortened season, Knack made four starts and held a 4-0 record with a 1.08 ERA. He had 51 strikeouts, one walk and allowed just three earned runs in 25 innings of work. The senior right-handed starter led the nation in strikeout-to-walk ratio (51-to-1) and strikeouts (51). Knack ranked third in Division I with 18.36 strikeouts per nine innings and fifth with a WHIP of 0.52.
This season, ETSU’s ace set a new program record with 16 strikeouts in a single game on March 7 against Wagner. In each of his four starts this season, he set or tied his previous career high in strikeouts.
Knack led the conference in strikeouts, strikeout-to-walk ratio, strikeouts per nine innings, WHIP and walks per nine innings (0.36). Additionally, the Johnson City native was tied for a league-best with four victories this season.
Knack was one of two SoCon players tabbed as All-Americans.
With a fastball capable of reaching 98 mph and sitting consistently in the mid-90s, Knack is expected to be selected in the upcoming MLB Draft. He is currently ranked among the top 150 prospects in this year’s draft class after his outstanding, albeit abbreviated, senior season at ETSU.