Petree Adds ABCA/Rawlings All-America, Gold Glove Citations to 2013 Honor Roll
June 18, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Former Missouri State pitcher Nick Petree added yet another honor to his resume Tuesday, when the St. Louis farmhand was named the top defensive Division I pitcher while earning American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings All-America honors for the second straight year. Petree was one one of just six Division I players to earn a repeat nod for the ABCA's All-America squad, picking up third-team recognition this spring after garnering a second-team spot in 2012.
Additionally, Petree was one of only nine Division I standouts and the lone hurler selected for the ABCA's Rawlings Gold Glove Team recognizing the top defensive players nationwide. The 2012 ABCA Midwest Region Player of the Year, Petree was among four other Missouri Valley Conference players picked by the coaches for the Midwest Region's first team this season, joining Illinois State's Eric Aguilera and Dan Savas, as well as Bradley's Mike Tauchman--a first-team All-America choice--on the MVC's list of honorees.
A First-Team All-MVC selection each of the last two seasons, Petree became the first player in the 50-year history of the Missouri State baseball program to earn All-America recognition in three different seasons with his selection as a second-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball. He also picked up All-America honors from Baseball America and the National Baseball Writers Association for the second year in a row and the right-hander was a semifinalist 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, who signed a professional contract with St. Louis last week after being selected by the Cardinals in the ninth round of the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, led 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) this spring. 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 Louisville Slugger National Player of the Year award.