June 19, 2014
JONESBORO, Ark. - Rice sophomore pitcher Blake Fox was named a third-team All-America selection by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), the organization announced Thursday (June 19) from its headquarters in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
The postseason honors continue for Fox. The Houston native 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 also currently one of three national finalists for the National College Baseball Hall of Fame's Pitcher of the Year Award.
Fox is one of just eight sophomores this season to be named an All-America by the ABCA. Since its inaugural list of honorees in 1950, the ABCA was the first organization to recognize elite collegiate players having outstanding individual seasons with selection to its All-America teams.
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 southpaw 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. 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.