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Photo by Brad Kemp/ragincajuns.com

Wyatt Marks was one of the cogs in the pitching staff that made them a well oiled machine all year. He pitched well all season and now he is being rewarded for his performance as he was named an 1st team All-American by Baseball America. He is only the 3rd pitcher in program history to have received a 1st team All-American honor.

“This is a big honor for our team and for Wyatt," head coach Tony Robichaux said. "Anytime the university is in the national spotlight, it's a great thing for the school and our program."

As a junior for the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns, Marks came in during major points in games throughout the season and did his thing striking out batters and getting outs when they were needed. Marks had 30 appearances on the season, pitching 59.1 innings and striking out 100 batters on the season, in which he became the first reliever in program history to strike 100 batters out. He currently holds the #1 spot for strikeouts per 9 innings in the NCAA with 15.9 strikeouts per 9 innings.

"This is another example of baseball paying someone back for their hard work and effort. Wyatt embraced his new role in the bullpen, and because of that he can now say that he is an All-American. I couldn’t be prouder of him and the job he did for us out of the bullpen."

Wyatt finished with the 2nd best ERA on the team right behind Gunner Leger with a 2.28 ERA. He allowed 20 runs with just 15 of them earned and finished with 7 saves on the season. Batters who went against him only had a .144 batting average and it's no surprise that he received this honor. Marks joins teammates Gunner Leger and Dylan Moore as the 3 Cajuns that received All-American honors this season