Dec. 13, 2012
IRVING, Texas -
Coming off a dominant 2012 campaign that saw him shatter a plethora of Academy records, Army senior RHP Chris Rowley was named to the 13th annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) preseason All-America team this week.
Rowley is just the sixth Army player to be named to the NCBWA's preseason All-America team since its inception. He is only the third Black Knight to earn first-team plaudits from the writers in the preseason, joining former Army standouts Nick Hill (2006) and Milan Dinga (2007).
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 magazine (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.
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 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.