June 13, 2012
TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State baseball student-athletes Brady Rodgers and Trevor Williams were selected to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) All-America teams, the organization announced Wednesday. Williams was named to the second team and Rodgers earned a spot on the third team.
ASU's two All-America selections are the most in the Pac-12 as Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford and UCLA each have one honoree. The Sun Devils join Texas A&M as the only schools with two pitchers on the All-America teams and ASU is one of 10 schools with two or more representatives.
Rodgers, who walked just 36 batters in three seasons at ASU, and Williams, who authored a streak of 40 1/3 consecutive innings without issuing a walk this year, headlined a Sun Devil pitching staff that finished the regular season in the top 10 in both walks allowed per nine innings and WHIP.
Rodgers, a junior and native of Richmond, Texas, finished the year with a 10-3 record and a 2.27 ERA, and led the team in innings pitched with 115 and strikeouts with 79. He had three complete games this season and began the year with 23 consecutive scoreless innings, which is sixth best in school history.
He has a career ERA of 2.39 in 286 total innings, which puts him second on the school's career "Best Earned Run Average" list, behind Floyd Bannister (74-76), who had a 1.88 ERA in 396.2 innings pitched.
Williams, who is a sophomore from San Diego, Calif., tied for first in Div. I with 12 victories this season and was the Pac-12 Conference's only 12-game winner in the regular season. He finished the season with a 2.05 ERA in 109.2 innings pitched, and struck out 59 while walking 13. Williams recorded two complete game shutouts this season, including a 4-0 win over USC and a 2-0 win against Washington State.
Rodgers and Williams were both named to the Louisville Slugger All-America Second Team as well as the All-Pac-12 First Team this season. Each player received a Pac-12 Weekly Award this year and was selected to the College Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher of the Year Watch List. The Houston Astros took Rodgers with the first pick in the third round (96th overall) of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft, while Williams is competing on the Team USA Collegiate National Team this summer.