Razo Named Louisville Slugger Third Team All-American

 

MAY 30, 2013

NORMAL, Ill.– Redbird senior pitcher Chris Razo was named a Louisville Slugger Third Team All-American, as announced Thursday by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. It marks the first time a Redbird has earned Louisville Slugger All-American status since Kevin Tokarski was named to the team in 2010.

“Chris had a season for the ages,” head coach Mark Kingston said. “He set the tone for our entire pitching staff, and he was a key component of our first outright championship in school history. This is a great compliment to the pitcher he is.”

Razo opened the season as Illinois State’s closer, going 4-for-4 in save chances while maintaining a sub-2.00 earned run average. After moving the starting rotation in mid March, Razo became one of the elite starting pitchers in the country. The Chillicothe, Ill., native made 11 starts, going 8-2 with five complete games, four of which came versus Valley opponents. He outdueled two of the premiere pitchers in the MVC, beating Nick Petree of Missouri State and Sean Manaea of Indiana State in consecutive Valley starts. Razo fired a complete-game, four-hit shutout April 26 at Bradley. The right-hander finished the season with a 1.71 ERA, posted 79 strike outs in 89.1 innings and limited opponents to a .206 batting average.


 

 

Illinois State closed the 2013 season with a program-record 39 victories, winning its first outright Missouri Valley Conference title in team history. 

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