Updated: March 24, 2014 6:16AM
Lincoln-Way Central High School graduate Tom Helwich, a senior pitcher at Lewis University in Romeoville, was named a Collegiate Baseball newspaper preseason All-American.
Helwich and Lewis teammate Jake Murray, a senior outfielder, were named to the All-American team.
Senior outfielder Ben Albano was named as a “Player To Watch” while junior pitcher Eann Cox was named as a “Newcomer To Watch”.
The Flyers, who are ranked as the No. 30 team in the nation by Collegiate Baseball, finished the 2013 season with a 33-18 record and competed in their second straight NCAA Midwest Regional.
Helwich, a 2013 Great Lakes Valley All-Conference selection, and Daktronics and American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Midwest Region First Team honoree, led the staff with a 10-2 record.
He had four complete games including two shutouts and 72 strikeouts in 97 innings pitched.
Helwich was also a National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Midwest Region Second Team selection and posted the 13th-best WHIP (walks plus hits per innings pitched) in the country (0.94), while holding batters to a .217 batting average.
“Tom had an unbelievable year in 2013,” Lewis coach Tim McDonough said.
“He has been the rock of our pitching staff for his entire career and I am looking forward to sitting back and watching him.”