*Courtesy of San Diego State Athletics*
SAN DIEGO – San Diego State’s TJ Fondtain (Clovis, Calif./Buchanan HS) earned his third All-America honor of the season on Wednesday when he garnered third-team accolades as a utility player from Baseball America.
Earlier this month, Fondtain received second-team All-America recognition from Collegiate Baseball newspaper and the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA/Rawlings). In addition, the Aztec junior merited first-team ABCA/Rawlings All-West Region plaudits.
With his acclaim, Fondtain becomes the first SDSU player to receive All-America distinction from three different outlets since Stephen Strasburg and Addison Reed were consensus picks in 2009.
The 2023 Mountain West Pitcher of the Year, Fondtain emerged as the genuine ace of the Aztec staff, posting a 7-4 record for the season with a 2.82 ERA and 99 strikeouts in 92.2 innings across 15 starts. The Clovis, California, native led the MW in several categories, including ERA, fewest earned allowed (29), opposing batting average (.192), innings pitched and games started while tying for the top stop in victories.
Fondtain was instrumental in helping SDSU clinch a share of the Mountain West regular-season championship, notching a stellar 7-1 record against conference opponents, leading the league in victories, ERA (2.27), opposing batting average (.157), and innings pitched (67.1) while ranking second in strikeouts (73) and earned runs allowed (17) vs. MW foes.
On the national level, Fondtain finished ninth in the country with a 0.96 WHIP for the season and was slotted 13th with an average of 6.22 hits per nine innings.
Fondtain burst onto the national scene after tossing the eighth no-hitter in program history to highlight SDSU’s 4-0 home shutout of Nevada on April 21. The Aztec left-hander came tantalizingly close to a perfect game, issuing one walk to lead off the ninth inning.
With his performance, Fondtain earned multiple honors, including Pitcher of the Week distinction from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and D1Baseball.com, along with his selection as Peak Performer of the Week from the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award.
Not to be outdone, Fondtain displayed his versatility at the plate during the season, compiling a .272 batting average with a team-high nine home runs. The Aztec junior also topped the squad with a .902 OPS and ranked second with 35 RBIs, logging 26 starts at designated hitter and 16 in left field.
For his efforts, Fondtain was named one of five finalists for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award by the College Baseball Foundation. The award will be presented later this summer.
After an 0-5 start to the 2023 campaign, San Diego State rebounded to capture a share of the Mountain West regular-season title with an 18-11 mark in conference play. The Aztecs’ MW regular-season championship was the program’s third overall and first since 2004.
TJ FONDTAIN — 2023 POSTSEASON HONORS
2023 Second-Team All-American (Collegiate Baseball, ABCA/Rawlings)
2023 Third-Team All-American (Baseball America)
2023 First-Team ABCA/Rawlings All-West Region Selection
2023 Mountain West Pitcher of the Year
2023 First-Team All-Mountain West Selection
2023 John Olerud National Two-Way Player of the Year Award Finalist