TUCSON, AZ - The baseball season is still two months away, but the preseason awards are starting to pile up for Army senior RHP Chris Rowley. The talented righty added a second preseason All-America honor to his mantle on Friday when he was named to the 2013 Louisville Slugger preseason All-American baseball team, as selected by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
Rowley was placed on the second team by Collegiate Baseball after earning first-team laurels from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) last week. Over the past six months, Rowley has snagged five All-America certificates. He took home three postseason awards last spring and has more than backed that up with a pair of preseason citations already this fall.
Rowley becomes just the fourth Army player to be named to the Louisville Slugger preseason All-America team, joining former Black Knights Nick Hill (2005, 2006), Cole White (2008) and Kevin McKague (2011).
Rowley compiled a sterling 11-1 record with a microscopic 2.40 earned run average last season en route to earning three All-America certificates. He was honored by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (second team), Collegiate Baseball newspaper (second team) and collegiatebaseballinsider.com (honorable mention).
The 2012 Patriot League Pitcher of the Year, who also collected first-team all-league laurels, was named a semifinalist for the prestigious Dick Howser Trophy, which is presented annually to the nation’s top player. Rowley was also named to the Watch List for the National Pitcher of the Year award.
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 in the spring.
Rowley finished his incredible junior 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 hard-throwing righty 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 a mere .190 against him.
During the 2011 campaign, Rowley, a Duluth, Georgia, native, established Academy single-season records 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 un-hittable 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.
Rowley allowed just two runs on a paltry 12 hits and three walks over 35 innings, while striking out 33 batters. Conference foes batted .103 against him during the regular season.
Army opens its upcoming 2013 campaign with a three-game series at UNC Greensboro in North Carolina during the weekend of February 15th through the 17th.