May 29, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – UAB pitcher Chase Mallard was named to the 2014 Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-America Second Team, as announced by Collegiate Baseball on Thursday. Mallard, a right-handed pitcher, becomes the first Blazer baseball player to earn Second Team All-American honors and is the fourth All-American in program history.
Mallard is the first Blazer to earn All-America accolades since 2008 when Ryan Keedy was named a Third Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball. The Cullman, Ala. native joins Keedy, Shayne Carnes, and Jay Cole as the only players in school history to be named an All-American.
“The outstanding year we had was a team effort, but certainly a lot of the credit goes to Chase Mallard,” head coach Brian Shoop said. “When you have a legitimate Friday night guy like we had this year that wins nine games for you and pitches on opening night against everybody’s best arm that gives you a chance to have a great year. Again it’s a team effort, but Chase Mallard was the rock, the solidifying factor.”
The 2014 Conference USA Pitcher of the Year owned a 9-3 record and 1.55 ERA for the 2014 season. Mallard fanned 94 batters, held opponents to a .191 batting average, and recorded two complete game shutouts on the year. He was the only pitcher in the nation to record a quality start in each of his 14 starts during the regular season.
“If you watched him pitch, he was the perfect balance of competitiveness and composure,” added Shoop. “Nothing seemed to faze him and our kids played really well behind him. I am so proud of Chase and who he has developed into as a young man. He earned his UAB degree in four years, which is a hard thing to do, and excelled on the field. I couldn’t be happier, he couldn’t be more deserving. I am excited to watch his next step in baseball, at the professional level.”
Mallard’s numbers were among the best in the history of UAB baseball. His 1.55 ERA is the best season mark in the history of the UAB baseball program. Mallard ranks second in club history with nine wins and 94 strikeouts in a single season. In addition, Mallard finished his collegiate career with a 2.69 ERA, which is the top mark in school history. He became the fourth pitcher in program history to eclipse the 200-strikeout plateau on his career, as well.
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