Closer Michael Byrne headlined three Florida pitchers who earned All-America honors on Wednesday.
Byrne, a sophomore with a team-best 1.83 ERA and a school-record 16 saves this season, was named a first-team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and Perfect Game. Byrne, a walk-on who has been referred to as the team’s MVP this season, was named a third-team All-American last week by Baseball America.
In addition to Byrne’s accolades, two starting pitchers also earned All-America nods. Ace Alex Faedo, who the Detroit Tigers selected 18th overall in the MLB draft, earned second-team honors from the NCBWA after posting a 7-2 record and a 2.55 ERA in 109 1/3 innings while holding opponents to a .221 batting average. Faedo was named a second-team All-American by Baseball America last week.
Sophomore Jackson Kowar, Florida’s No. 3 starter in its weekend rotation, was named an honorable-mention All-American by Perfect Game after posting a 12-0 record with a 4.00 ERA. Kowar has not dropped a decision in his collegiate career.