No surprises here, Rauh earns third All-America award
ORANGE, Calif. – For the third consecutive season, Chapman University junior RHP Brian Rauh has earned D3Baseball.com All-America first team honors. Rauh becomes just the second player in school history to be named All-America three times in his career (Wayde Kitchens 2007-09). He is the first to earn first team honors all three years.
The junior put together another outstanding campaign on the mound for Chapman, posting an 8-1 record and 1.27 earned run average which ranks ninth in Division III this season. He also owns 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).
Rauh had never lost a game entering his junior season with a perfect 22-0 mark and extended that to 24 consecutive wins before finally suffering his first loss 2-0 to Rutgers-Newark on March 10. He also had some misfortune in the first half of the season with three no-decisions after he tossed nine innings, allowed two runs or less and struck out 10 or more but the Panthers lost in extra innings. The righty then won five of his final six starts to close out the season.
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
D3Baseball.com All-America teams: http://www.d3baseball.com/awards/all-americans/d3baseball-allamericans-2012