June 24, 2013
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - More than three weeks after he threw his final pitch in an Army uniform, former Black Knight standout Chris Rowley was recognized as a Senior CLASS Award All-American, it was announced by the organization on Monday.
Rowley, who was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army last month and signed a free agent contract with the Toronto Blue Jays farm system last week, was named a first-team Senior CLASS Award All-American. He is just the second Army baseball player to be recognized by the organization, which annually honors senior student-athletes with notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.
Zach Price (USMA '12) was honored with second-team laurels last season, while Rowley is the first Black Knight to collect first-team plaudits.
Rowley, who was a finalist for the prestigious award, excelled in all four areas during his time at West Point. He graduated from the Academy ranked third on Army's all-time wins list (25), fourth on the Black Knights' all-time strikeouts ledger (216), second in career innings pitched (277.0) and fifth in all-time winning percentage (.735; 25-9). Rowley also ranks as Army's all-time leader with eight career shutouts.
Rowley (9-4, 2.67 ERA) established an Army single-season record with 97.2 innings pitched this season, while his nine victories in 2013 rank tied for fifth on the Academy's single-season ledger. He was named to the All-Patriot League first team for the second year in a row this spring after leading the conference in nearly every statistical category.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
For more information on all the finalists, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.
2013 Senior CLASS Award All-Americans
Carlos Lopez, Cal State Fullerton
Alex Mendez, South Florida
Raph Rhymes, LSU
Chris Rowley, ARMY
Brandon Thomas, Georgia Tech
Mark Appel, Stanford
Shane Basen, Charlotte
Chase Brookshire, Belmont
Boomer Collins, Dallas Baptist
LB Dantzler, South Carolina
Senior CLASS Award Winner: Carlos Lopez, Cal State Fullerton