Westmont right-handed pitcher Russell Harmening has been named an NAIA Preseason All-American. The junior from Oceanside was one of 17 NAIA baseball players including four starting pitchers to receive the honor.
“The recognition is a testament to the work he has put in and how he has matured since he got here two years ago,” said Westmont head coach Robert Ruiz. “He came in as a very good pitcher and has consistently gotten better. A lot of that is a result of his work ethic, his demeanor and his overall mindset and approach to getting better every day and doing things the right way.”
Last season, Harmening posted a record of 12-3, tying a 52-year-old team record for most wins in a season. In 113 innings of work, Harmening delivered an ERA of 2.47 and produced 95 strikeouts. Opposing batters hit just .221 against him.
“He logged a lot of innings last year and got some very valuable postseason pitching experience which makes him a more complete collegiate pitcher,” noted Ruiz.