June 11, 2014
DALLAS - Rice sophomore Blake Fox has been named a first team All-America pitcher by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), the organization announced on Wednesday (June 11).
Fox emerged as the staff ace for the Owls while posting an undefeated 12-0 record with a 1.46 ERA. He is fifth in the nation (and led Conference USA) in victories, and is 13th among all Division I pitchers (and second in the league) in ERA. The Houston native won 12 of his 15 starts, of which four the Owls went on to win with a shutout. In addition to non-conference wins over national powers Stanford and TCU, Fox posted an 8-0 mark in C-USA regular season. He pitched into the seventh inning of a game 14 times, with a season long of 8.1. frames. Fox held opposing hitters to a composite .236 batting average and twice struck out eight in a single game.
Two weeks ago Collegiate Baseball tabbed Fox as second team All-America. He is the first Owl pitcher to win 12 games in a single season since 2006, but his 2014 campaign is only part of the story. The left-hander is in fact a perfect 18-0 with a 1.97 ERA in his collegiate career dating back to his freshman season of 2013.