Two Missouri Valley Conference baseball student-athletes have earned Freshman All-America honors, this time by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Wichita State's Cale Elam was named to the first team, while Missouri State's Nick Petree is a second team honoree.
CALE ELAM, WICHITA STATE
Elam, a right-handed pitcher from Oktaha, Okla., made 28 appearances out of the bullpen for the Shockers in 2011. He went 4-1 with a 1.23 ERA and five saves. In 44.0 innings pitched, he allowed just 23 hits with 32 strikeouts. He earned second team all-Valley honors.
His 1.23 ERA ranks first in the Shocker record books for ERA by a freshman and his 28 appearances ranks second.
It is his second Freshman All-America honor, as he was also named to the first team by Collegiate Baseball.
NICK PETREE, MISSOURI STATE
The Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year and a second-team all-MVC pick, Petree went 9-2 with a 2.81 ERA while setting MSU freshman records for wins and innings (96) and ranking third among that group with 81 strikeouts.
The Clinton, Mo., native assumed Missouri State’s Friday night starting role March 25 and pitched at least six innings in each of his 11 starts. He also picked up two saves in five relief appearances early in the year while throwing two complete games and holding opponents to a .236 batting average for the season.