Jan. 28, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
The preseason honors continue to flood in for Army senior RHP Chris Rowley, who was named to the College Sports Madness Preseason All-America Team over the weekend. It marks the third preseason All-America honor for Rowley, who established a plethora of Academy single-season records last season.
Rowley was placed on the second team by College Sports Madness after earning first-team plaudits from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and collecting second-team laurels from Collegiate Baseball. Rowley has picked up six All-America certificates over the past eight months. He snagged three postseason awards last June and has matched that total leading into the 2013 campaign.
Rowley went 11-1 with a microscopic 2.40 earned run average last season en route to earning three All-America certificates. He was honored by the NCBWA (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.
The Duluth, Ga., 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 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.
Army opens its 2013 campaign with a three-game series at UNC Greensboro during the weekend of Feb. 15-17.