NSU Baseball: Harmon earns Freshman All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball

Johnathan Harmon’s impressive fall earned him a spot in the Northwestern State baseball weekend rotation.

His four starts in the shortened 2020 season made him a Freshman All-American. Harmon was selected as such by Collegiate Baseball magazine, which announced its selections Tuesday morning.

Harmon, a right-hander from Leesville High School, went 3-0 with a 2.16 ERA in his four starts, picking up wins against North Alabama, Eastern Illinois and Abilene Christian. He worked six innings of one-run ball, taking a no-decision, in his NSU debut against Wichita State on Feb. 16.

“Johnny came in with a willingness to learn and work from day one,” fourth-year head coach Bobby Barbier said. “He competes extremely hard for his team and is very deserving of this recognition. I am very proud of him.”

Harmon ranked second on the Demon staff in ERA, innings pitched (25.0) and stood third in strikeouts (14).

Harmon is the second member of the Demon weekend rotation to earn All-American honors, joining junior right-hander Logan Hofmann, who was a second-team All-American pick by Collegiate Baseball this past month.

Northwestern State was 4-0 in Harmon’s four starts, and Harmon’s three victories placed him in a tie for 23rd nationally. He ranked 88th nationally in hits allowed per nine innings (5.04).

Harmon is the fourth Freshman All-American in program history, joining fellow right-handed pitchers Adam Oller (2014), Kyle Broughton (2005) and Dereck Cloeren (2005).

Photo: Johnathan Harmon delivers a pitch against North Alabama on Feb. 23. Credit: Chris Reich/NSU Photographic Services