Another three-peat: ABCA names Rauh All-America, All-Region
ORANGE, Calif. – The honors continue to roll in for Chapman University junior RHP Brian Rauh. Having already earned All-America honors for a third straight year and All-West Region honors from D3Baseball.com, Rauh has earned the same three-peat from the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), announced at last month's national championships banquet in Appleton, Wis.
Rauh was one of five pitchers named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-America first team, capturing that honor for the third year in a row – the only Panther ever to earn first team honors three times in his career. Rauh was joined on the first team by Trinity University's (Texas) Ben Klimesh who was named West Region Pitcher of the Year for 2012.
Chapman's ace also earned All-West Region first team honors for the third time after posting an 8-1 record and 1.27 earned run average which ranked ninth in Division III this season. Rauh had won the ABCA West Region Pitcher of the Year in 2010 and '11 before Klimesh broke that streak this year.
In 2012, Rauh owned the third-highest strikeout total in the nation with 122 Ks in just 92 innings and he had six outings with 10 or more strikeouts including a career-high 16 versus Linfield on April 14. Additionally, opponents hit a career-low .159 against the ace right-hander in 2012 and he ranked third in Division III in hits allowed per nine innings (5.09).
The junior earned Capital One Academic All-America first team honors for the first time in his career this season and was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 11th round of the MLB Draft earlier this week.
For his career, Rauh is 30-1 with a 1.78 ERA and holds Chapman's all-time strikeouts record with 355 in just three seasons.
by Doug Aiken
Sports Information Director
ABCA/Rawlings All-America team: http://www.chapmanathletics.com/sports/bsb/2011-12/2012_ABCA-Rawlings_All_America_Team.pdf