Petree Tabbed Second-Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball
May 30, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Missouri State junior pitcher Nick Petree became the first three-time All-America honoree in the 50-year history of the Bear baseball program Thursday when Collegiate Baseball named the right-hander a Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I Second-Team All-American. Petree was one of three Missouri Valley Conference players named to Collegiate Baseball's All-America teams, joining Bradley's Mike Tauchman (second team) and Illinois State's Chris Razo (third team).
The latest honor for Petree marks his third-straight selection to one of Collegiate Baseball's All-America squads. Petree was a consensus All-America choice in 2012, when he led all of Division I baseball with a 1.01 earned run average to earn Collegiate Baseball's National Player of the Year award. He was also a Freshman All-America pick of both Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association following a standout rookie 2011 season, in which he led the Bears with nine wins to bring home MVC Freshman of the Year honors.
A First-Team All-MVC selection this spring, Petree became the first Bear hurler to win the club's Dave Dickensheet Outstanding Pitcher award three times. The right-hander is one 30 Division I players under consideration for USA Baseball's Golden Spikes Award, which honors the top amateur player in the country. A two-time MVC Pitcher of the Week honoree in 2013 and a College Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher of the Year Award candidate, Petree earned his second-straight first-team all-conference nod after compiling an 8-1 mound record and a 1.61 earned run average. Petree was the Bears' lone representative on the MVC's All-Defensive Team for the second year in a row as well.
The Clinton, Mo., native leads the Valley in strikeouts (111) while ranking second in the circuit in wins, innings pitched (100.1) and ERA. Additionally, he became the first MSU pitcher to log back-to-back 100-strikeout campaigns and climbed to No. 2 on the Bears' career lists for both victories (27) and strikeouts (306).