June 13, 2012
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -
Chris Rowley's outstanding junior season garnered additional recognition on Wednesday as the Army junior right-handed pitcher was one of 56 baseball student-athletes from across the country selected to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association's 17th annual All-America team.
Rowley, who obliterated a number of Academy single-season records during his impressive 2012 campaign, was named a second-team All-American by the writers. His gaudy numbers attracted a great deal of national attention throughout the spring, helping him earn a slew of honors.
It marks the second All-America certificate for Rowley, who was named to the Louisville Slugger All-America second team by Collegiate Baseball magazine. The Patriot League Pitcher of the Year also earned first-team all-league laurels and was named a semifinalist for the prestigious Dick Howser Trophy.
Rowley (11-1, 2.40 ERA) finished the season ranked seventh in the nation with 11 victories, third in WHIP (0.88), ninth in hits allowed per nine innings (5.92) and 10th with six complete games. The third-year hurler struck out 80 batters and walked only 22 in 97.1 innings pitched over 15 starts. He yielded just 13 extra base hits, and opponents batted .190 against him.
The Duluth, Ga., native established Academy single-season standards for wins (11), shutouts (five), consecutive shutouts (four), consecutive scoreless innings (29), consecutive innings without giving up an earned run (29), innings pitched (97.1) and games started (15).
Rowley, who was named Patriot League Pitcher of the Week a record-tying four times this season, was nearly unhittable versus conference opponents during the regular season. He fired four consecutive complete-game shutouts to open the league season, and finished with a perfect 5-0 mark and a microscopic 0.51 ERA. He allowed just two runs on 12 hits and three walks over 35 innings, while striking out 33 batters. Conference foes batted .103 against him during the regular season.