TUCSON, Ariz. — Missouri State University sophomore Nick Petree (RHP, Clinton, Mo.) has been named the The Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I National Player of The Year, as released Thursday (May 31) as part of Collegiate Baseball newspaper's annual All-America Team announcement.
The 2012 Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year, Petree is one of 17 players on the Louisville Slugger TPX All-America first team, also selected by the staff of Collegiate Baseball.
Widely regarded as one of the top amateur players in the country, Petree posted one of the most dominant seasons in Division I history to help the Bears earn their first NCAA Tournament bid in nine years. He was a three-time MVC Pitcher of the Week honoree in 2012, a Golden Spikes Award national semifinalist and an NCBWA Dick Howser Trophy semifinalist.
Petree has the lowest ERA of starting pitchers in the nation at 0.92 over 15 appearances (107 1/3 innings) with 109 strikeouts and 34 walks.
He became the third Bears pitcher to earn top honors from the MVC in the last five seasons and the fifth MSU hurler overall to earn MVC Pitcher of the Year recognition. He turned in the nation's longest scoreless innings streak this season, working a Missouri State-record 38.1 consecutive shutout frames from April 6 to May 17, as well as 73.0 straight innings without giving up an earned run during a 12-game stretch from March 2-May 17.
Petree leads the Missouri Valley Conference in victories (10) and ranks fourth on the Bears' single-season lists for wins and strikeouts. The right-hander became just the seventh pitcher in school history to surpass the 100-strikeout plateau and needs just eight more punchouts to equal Chad Mulholland's single-season school record of 117.
The Collegiate Baseball newspaper All-America first team features six starting pitchers who posted a combined 57-8 record with an ERA of 1.90. Joining Petree on the All-America squad are nine other conference players or pitchers of the year, including: RHP Chris Stratton, Mississippi St. (Pitcher of Year Southeastern Conference); LHP Carlos Rodon, N.C. State (Pitcher of Year Atlantic Coast Conference); LHP Andrew Heaney, Oklahoma St. (Pitcher of Year Big 12 Conference); 1B Goose Kallunki, Utah Valley (Player of Year Great West Conference); 3B D.J. Peterson, New Mexico (Co-Player of Year Mountain West Conference); SS Alex Mejia, Arizona (Player of YearPacific-12 Conference); OF Raph Rhymes, Louisiana St. (Player of Year Southeastern Conference); OF James Ramsey,Florida St. (Player of Year Atlantic Coast Conference); OF Danny Poma, Hofstra (Player of Year Colonial Conference).
This season marks the 16th year that Louisville Slugger has sponsored the Division I All-Americans.
Petree is just the second MVC player to earn the Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Year honor, joining Evansville's Andy Benes (1988) with that distinction.
Previous Collegiate Baseball National Players of the Year are:
- 2011: Trevor Bauer, RHP, UCLA
- 2010: Chris Sale, LHP, Florida Gulf Coast
- 2009: Stephen Strasburg, RHP, San Diego State
- 2008: Buster Posey, C, Florida State
- 2007: David Price, LHP, Vanderbilt & Tony Thomas, 2B, Florida State
- 2006: Wes Roemer, RHP, Cal St. Fullerton & Kellen Kulbacki, OF, James Madison
- 2005: Shane Robinson, OF, Florida State
- 2004: Jered Weaver, RHP, Long Beach State
- 2003: Rickie Weeks, 2B, Southern University
- 2002: Khalil Greene, SS, Clemson
- 2001: Mark Prior, RHP, USC
- 2000: Kip Bouknight, RHP, South Carolina
- 1999: Jason Jennings, UT, Baylor
- 1998: Kevin Mench, OF, Delaware
- 1997:J.D. Drew, OF, Florida State
- 1996: Kris Benson, RHP, Clemson
- 1995: Todd Helton, 1B/P, Tennessee & Mark Kotsay, OF/P, Cal St. Fullerton
- 1994: Ryan Jackson, 1B/P, Duke
- 1993: Brooks Kieschnick, P/OF, Texas
- 1992: Lloyd Peever, P, LSU
- 1991: Bobby Jones, P, Fresno State
- 1990: Mike Kelly, OF, Arizona State
- 1989: Ben McDonald, P, LSU & Scott Bryant, UT, Texas
- 1988: Andy Benes, P, Evansville
- 1987: Robin Ventura, 3B, Oklahoma State & Marteese Robinson, 1B, Seton Hall
- 1986: Greg Swindell, P, Texas
- 1985: Pete Incaviglia, OF, Oklahoma State
- 1984: Oddibe McDowell, OF, Arizona State
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