ABCA Names Fox First Team All-Central Region

Blake Fox
Will Rice College

June 15, 2014

JONESBORO, Ark. - The postseason honors continue for Rice sophomore pitcher Blake Fox. On Sunday (June 15) the Owl left-hander was named first team All-Central Region by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA).

Fox is one of four pitchers to earn first team honors from the ABCA Central Region, which includes all Division I schools in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. As a first team all-region honoree, he now has a chance to earn ABCA All-America honors. Since its inaugural list of honorees in 1950, the annual ABCA All-America team is one of the first of its kind to recognize elite collegiate players with outstanding individual seasons.

In the ABCA's regional voting, Fox garnered the most points (230) received by any pitcher. He had the second-highest overall point total behind Louisiana-Lafayette's Jace Conrad (300).

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. Quality starts were the norm as he pitched into the seventh inning of a game 14 times. Fox held opposing hitters to a composite .236 batting average and twice struck out eight in a single game.

Earlier this month he was named one of three finalists for the National College Baseball Hall of Fame's Pitcher of the Year Award. The Houston native from nearby Episcopal High School has already been named a 2014 first team all-America by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers (NCBWA), and a second team All-America selection by Collegiate Baseball. He is the first Owl pitcher to win 12 games in a single year since 2006, but this season is only part of the story. Fox is in fact a perfect 18-0 with a 1.97 ERA in his collegiate career dating back to his freshman season of 2013.



The ABCA is scheduled to name its 2014 All-America team at the end of June.

2014 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division I

Central All-Region Teams



Position         First                Last                Year   School                        State

SP                    Blake               Fox                  So.       Rice                             Texas

SP                    Andro             Cutura                        Jr.        Southeastern La.       Louisiana

SP                    Mike                Franco                        Jr.        FIU                              Florida

RP                   Chase              Wellbrock      Sr.        Houston                     Texas

C                      Anthony         Azar                Sr.        Sam Houston State    Texas

1B                   Casey              Grayson          Sr.        Houston                     Texas

2B                   Jace                 Conrad           Jr.        Louisiana                   Louisiana

3B                   Brandon         Tierney           Sr.        TAMCC                       Texas

SS                    Blake               Trahan           So.       Louisiana                   Louisiana

DH                   Matt                Shortall           Sr.        UT-Arlington              Texas

OF                   Caleb               Adams                        Jr.        Louisiana                   Louisiana

OF                   Doug               Votolato         Sr.        Central Arkansas       Arkansas

OF                   Andrew          Godbold         Jr.        Southeastern La.       Louisiana




Second Team

Position         First                Last                Year   School                        State

SP                    Zac                  Curtis              Sr.        Middle Tennessee     Tennessee

SP                    Austin             Robichaux      Jr.        Louisiana                   Louisiana

SP                    Carson                        Baranik           Jr.        Louisiana                   Louisiana

RP                   Tyler               Ford                Sr.        Houston                     Texas

C                      Aramis            Garcia             Jr.        FIU                              Florida

1B                   Tent                Miller              Sr.        Middle Tennessee     Tennessee

2B                   Julio                Nunez             Jr.        Alabama A&M            Alabama

3B                   Ryan               Leonards        Sr.        Louisiana                   Louisiana

SS                    Sam                 Bumpers        Sr.        Lamar                         Texas

DH                   Waldyvan       Estrada           Jr.        Alabama State            Alabama

OF                   Ryan               Bottger           Jr.        UT-Arlington              Texas

OF                   Andrew          Utterback       Jr.        Alabama A&M            Alabama

OF                   Seth                 Harrison         Jr.        Louisiana                   Louisiana







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