Originally written on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 10/16/14
Courtesy: Missouri State Athletics Communications TUCSON, Ariz. Missouri State sophomore Nick Petree (RHP, Clinton, Mo.) has been named the The Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I National Player of The Year, as released Thursday (May 31) as part of Collegiate Baseball newspaper's annual All-America Team announcement. The 2012 Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year, Petree is one of 17 players on the Louisville Slugger TPX All-America first team, also selected by the staff of Collegiate Baseball. Widely regarded as one of the top amateur players in the country, Petree posted one of the most dominant seasons in Division I history to help the Bears earn their first NCAA Tournament bid in nine years. He was a three-time MVC Pitcher of the Week honoree in 2012, a Golden Spikes Award national semifinalist and an NCBWA Dick Howser Trophy semifinalist. Petree has the lowest ERA of starting pitchers in the nation at 0.92 over 15 appearances (107 13 innings) with 109 strikeouts and 34 walks. He became the third Bears pitcher to earn top honors from the MVC in the last five seasons and the fifth MSU hurler overall to earn MVC Pitcher of the Year recognition. He turned in the nation's longest scoreless innings streak this season, working a Missouri State-record 38.1 consecutive shutout frames from April 6 to May 17, as well as 73.0 straight innings without giving up an earned run during a 12-game stretch from March 2-May 17. Petree leads the Missouri Valley Conference in victories (10) and ranks fourth on the Bears' single-season lists for wins and strikeouts. The right-hander became just the seventh pitcher in school history to surpass the 100-strikeout plateau and needs just eight more punchouts to equal Chad Mulholland's single-season school record of 117. The Collegiate Baseball newspaper All-America first team features six starting pitchers who posted a combined 57-8 record with an ERA of 1.90. Joining Petree on the All-America squad are nine other conference players or pitchers of the year, including: RHP Chris Stratton, Mississippi St. (Pitcher of Year Southeastern Conference); LHP Carlos Rodon, N.C. State (Pitcher of Year Atlantic Coast Conference); LHP Andrew Heaney, Oklahoma St. (Pitcher of Year Big 12 Conference); 1B Goose Kallunki, Utah Valley (Player of Year Great West Conference); 3B D.J. Peterson, New Mexico (Co-Player of Year Mountain West Conference); SS Alex Mejia, Arizona (Player of Year Pacific-12 Conference); OF Raph Rhymes, Louisiana St. (Player of Year Southeastern Conference); OF James Ramsey, Florida St. (Player of Year Atlantic Coast Conference); OF Danny Poma, Hofstra (Player of Year Colonial Conference). This season marks the 16th year that Louisville Slugger has sponsored the Division I All-Americans. Petree is just the second MVC player to earn the Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Year honor, joining Evansville's Andy Benes (1988) with that distinction. Previous Collegiate Baseball National Players of the Year are: 2011: Trevor Bauer, RHP, UCLA 2010: Chris Sale, LHP, Florida Gulf Coast 2009: Stephen Strasburg, RHP, San Diego State 2008: Buster Posey, C, Florida State 2007: David Price, LHP, Vanderbilt & Tony Thomas, 2B, Florida State 2006: Wes Roemer, RHP, Cal St. Fullerton & Kellen Kulbacki, OF, James Madison 2005: Shane Robinson, OF, Florida State 2004: Jered Weaver, RHP, Long Beach State 2003: Rickie Weeks, 2B, Southern University 2002: Khalil Greene, SS, Clemson 2001: Mark Prior, RHP, USC 2000: Kip Bouknight, RHP, South Carolina 1999: Jason Jennings, UT, Baylor 1998: Kevin Mench, OF, Delaware 1997: J.D. Drew, OF, Florida State 1996: Kris Benson, RHP, Clemson 1995: Todd Helton, 1BP, Tennessee & Mark Kotsay, OFP, Cal St. Fullerton 1994: Ryan Jackson, 1BP, Duke 1993: Brooks Kieschnick, POF, Texas 1992: Lloyd Peever, P, LSU 1991: Bobby Jones, P, Fresno State 1990: Mike Kelly, OF, Arizona State 1989: Ben McDonald, P, LSU & Scott Bryant, UT, Texas 1988: Andy Benes, P, Evansville 1987: Robin Ventura, 3B, Oklahoma State & Marteese Robinson, 1B, Seton Hall 1986: Greg Swindell, P, Texas 1985: Pete Incaviglia, OF, Oklahoma State 1984: Oddibe McDowell, OF, Arizona State
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Rams considered favorites to move to LA

Kobe to Julius Randle: You’re an idiot if you (expletive) this up

Slava Voynov arrested on D.V. charge, suspended indefinitely

Report: Ray Rice could be reinstated within next month

Earl Thomas: Refs need to stay out of it and let us dominate

Browns lament ‘unacceptable’ loss to winless Jaguars

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Peyton Manning sets NFL touchdown passing record

Report: CJ Spiller suffers broken collarbone

DeMarco Murray sets record with another 100-yard game

Report: Things got 'ugly' in Bears' locker room after loss

Redskins bench Kirk Cousins for Colt McCoy

Rams beat Seahawks thanks to gutsy fake punt call

News station congratulates Gary Payton for breaking TD record

Did Sidney Crosby troll Flyers fans with Halloween costume?

Why Dan Mullen is not leaving Mississippi State

12 amazing stats from Week 7

World Series preview: Will Giants or Royals win it all?

NFL tweets graphic of recipients of Manning's 509 TD passes

Hockey fights of the week

10 takeaways from NFL Week 7

Video: Alec Burks breaks Kobe Bryant's ankles

WATCH: Sean Payton has tense exchange with reporter

Darnell Dockett mocks Raiders fans with whiteboard

WATCH: Tony Romo nearly runs over Alex Rodriguez

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

GGG continues his reign of terror

The 6 things that mattered this weekend in the premier league

News station congratulates Gary Payton for TD record

Ray Rice could be back by Week 10?

12 amazing stats from Week 7

World Series preview

Favre: I got calls about playing last season

10 takeaways from NFL Week 7

Report: Marshall calls out Jay Cutler

Darnell Dockett mocks Raiders fans

Brian Kelly unloads on officials

WATCH: Rams run punt return trick play for TD

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.