RJ Petit named Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American

RJ Petit named Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American

TUCSON, Ariz. – Charleston Southern baseball right-handed pitcher RJ Petit was named to the 2019 Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American Team, as announced Wednesday morning.

Already an All-Big South First Team performer, Petit was named a Freshman All-American alongside some of the nation's best rookies in 2019. The freshman flamethrower racked up 50 strikeouts, five saves and had a 4-0 record in his debut campaign while holding a team-best 2.45 ERA over 40.1 innings pitched.

Wednesday's announcement also makes Petit the first Freshman All-American in program history.

A native of Rock Hill, S.C., Petit also carried a scoreless streak of 23.1 innings into the late stages of the season and allowed just two earned runs in Big South games. Petit collected his fourth win of the season tossing 5.0 innings of one-run ball in the Big South Championships helping to guide the Bucs to an upset of the No. 2 seed Radford.

Petit racked-up awards throughout the regular season including the Big South's Freshman of the Week and Relief Pitcher of the week before earning All-Conference first team honors. The freshman righty also etched his name alongside some of the all-time CSU greats setting the single-season record with a .163 opponent's batting average while sitting among the top-five in ERA (2.45 – 3rd) and K/9 innings (11.16 – 2nd).

CSU's right-hander is one of just two Big South rookies to be named to the 2019 Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American Team and one of nine relief pitchers across the country to earn the honor.

2019 Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American Team

Starting Pitchers
RHP Tyler Thornton, St. Mary's
RHP JT Ginn, Mississippi St.
LHP Hayes Heinecke, Wofford:
LHP Doug Nikhazy, Mississippi
RHP Alex Williams, Stanford
LHP Rodney Boone, U.C. Santa Barbara
LHP Ricardo Rivera, Alabama St.
LHP Noah Cameron, Central Arkansas
LHP Ryan Chasse, Campbell
RHP Jesse Bergin, UCLA
RHP Nic McCay, South Dakota St.
RHP Sam Bachman, Miami (OH)
LHP Jordan Wicks, Kansas St.
RHP Even Chenier, Virginia Commonwealth
RHP Pierson Ohl, Grand Canyon
RHP Ryan Miller, N.C. Central
RHP Slade Cecconi, Miami (FL)
LHP Max Loven, North Dakota St.
LHP Daniel Paret, Stetson
RHP Kumar Rocker, Vanderbilt
RHP Ben Abram, Oklahoma

Relief Pitchers/Closers
Michael McGreevy, U.C. Santa Barbara
Clayton Beeter, Texas Tech
Lane Flamm, Xavier
Brett Kerry, South Carolina
Reid McLaughlin, Brigham Young
Danny Garcia, Stetson
Willie Weiss, Michigan
Nathan Price, Air Force
RJ Petit, Charleston Southern

Catchers
C/1B Austin Wells, Arizona
Taylor Smith, Incarnate Word
Tatem Levins, La Salle

First Basemen
Sonny DiChiara, Samford
Maxwell Costes, Maryland
Angelo DiSpigna, Mercer
Salvatore Monticciolo, Fairleigh Dickinson
Joseph Carpenter, Delaware
Drew Beazley, South Dakota St.
Zach Stevens, Navy
Jaden Fein, San Diego St.

Second Basemen
Cody Morissette, Boston College
Nic Kent, Virginia
Edarian Williams, Nevada-Las Vegas
Tyler Black, Wright St
Noah Levin, George Washington
Nate Brodsky, Fairleigh Dickinson
Luke Drumheller, Appalachian St.

Third Basemen
Alex Binelas, Louisville
Antonio Valdez, Incarnate Word
John Dempsey, Wofford
Jack Housinger, Xavier
Mason LaPlante, Yale

Shortstops
Justin Johnson, Lafayette
Danny Serretti, North Carolina
Josh Hood, Pennsylvania
Zach Dezenzo, Ohio St.

Outfielders
Ethan Wilson, South Alabama
Andy Garriola, Old Dominion
Colton Cowser, Sam Houston St.
Hunter Goodman, Memphis
Hudson Haskin, Tulane
Logan Cherny, Troy
Garrett Spain, Austin Peay
Sal Frelick, Boston College
Robby Martin, Florida St.
Grant Emme, Eastern Illinois
Mitchell Hartigan, Florida Atlantic
Scotty Scott, Hawaii
Grant Richardson, Indiana
Justin Kirby, Kent St.
Dakota Kotowski, Missouri St.
Nick Cimillo, Manhattan
Tyler McDonough, N.C. State
Chad Castillo, California Baptist

Designated Hitters
Aaron Sabato, North Carolina
Adrian Del Castillo, Miami (FL)
John Dyer, Tennessee Tech
Ryan Hampe, Illinois-Chicago
Noah Ledford, Georgia Southern
Kevin Graham, Mississippi

Multiple Position Athletes
Davis Sharpe, Clemson
Isaac Coffey, Oral Roberts

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