Baseball America Tabs Petree First-Team All-American
June 22, 2012
DURHAM, N.C. - Missouri State sophomore pitcher Nick Petree earned yet another 2012 First-Team All-America accolade Friday when he became the first Bear in 13 years to be selected by Baseball America for its top post-season team. Petree, a first-team All-America selection of Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association as well, is just the fourth Bear overall to garner first-team All-America accolades from BA and the first since Matt Cepicky picked up the same honor in 1999.
Petree, who was named National Player of the Year by Collegiate Baseball in late May, went 10-4 with a 1.01 ERA and 114 strikeouts in 115.1 innings pitched in 2012 to lead a dominant Bears' pitching staff that currently leads the nation in team ERA (2.57) and shutouts (11), while ranking third in Division I with a school-record 537 strikeouts on the season. The right-hander also became the first Bear to earn a District Player of the Year citation in the 13 years the NCBWA has awarded the honor, and the Clinton, Mo., product was previously named a semifinalist for both the NCBWA's Dick Howser Trophy and USA Baseball's Golden Spikes Award.
The 2012 Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year, Petree turned in the nation's longest scoreless-inning streak this season, working a Missouri State-record 38.1 consecutive shutout frames from April 6-May 17, as well as 73.0 straight innings without giving up an earned run (March 2-May 17). Petree's 1.01 earned run average leads Division I and he also paces the MVC in victories after becoming just the seventh pitcher in school history to surpass the 100-strikeout plateau in a season, finishing with 114 punchouts on the year to rank 16th nationally and third on MSU's single-season list.
Petree's 2012 Honors