July 6, 2012
RICHMOND, Va. -
Although he threw his last pitch of the 2012 campaign nearly five weeks ago, the postseason accolades continue to pile up for Army right-handed pitcher Chris Rowley, who was named a CollegeBaseballInsider.com All-American on Friday afternoon.
It marks the third All-America citation for the rising senior, who was similarly honored by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and Collegiate Baseball magazine. Army players have now earned a total of seven All-America accolades this spring with Rowley's three awards leading the way. Kevin McKague (Collegiate Baseball All-American), Harold Earls (freshman All-American) and Zach Price (CoSIDA Academic All-American, Lowe's Senior CLASS All-American) round out the impressive list of honorees.
Rowley, who eclipsed several Academy single-season records during his impressive 2012 season, was tabbed an honorable mention All-American by CBI. His gaudy numbers attracted a great deal of attention throughout the spring, helping him earn a slew of national and regional honors.
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, which is presented annually to the nation's top player. In addition to his three All-America selections, Rowley was named first-team All-Northeast Region by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and earned second-team ECAC All-Star plaudits.
Rowley (11-1, 2.40 ERA) finished the season ranked ninth 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 just .190 against him.
The Duluth, Ga., native established Academy single-season marks 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.
Rowley is spending part of his summer pitching for the Peninsula Pilots in the renowned Coastal Plain League. Through two starts, the talented righty has pitched to a 1.38 earned run average over 13.0 innings. He has 10 strikeouts and four walks, and opponents are batting a measly .204 against him.