Ryan Chasse has been honored by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper (CBN) as a 2019 Freshman All-American, as announced by the organization Wednesday morning. He is one of 21 NCAA Division I rookie starting pitchers recognized by the publication.
Chasse is the sixth Fighting Camel to receive an All-American recognition from the CBN, and he is the third in the last three years to receive first-team honors as Logan Bender and Matthew Barefoot were honored in 2018 and 2017, respectively. Rob Finch (2001), Nic Carter (2000) and Wes Hepler (1999) were named CBN Freshman All-American Honorable Mention, rounding out Campbell’s six all-time honorees.
Following the regular season, Chasse was tabbed the Big South Freshman of the Year, making him the second consecutive Campbell player to earn Big South Freshman of the Year honors, and the third player in Campbell baseball history to receive the league’s rookie of the year award (Logan Bender, 2018; Reggie Davis, 1994). He was one of two freshmen to be named First Team All-Big South this season.
The lefty from Apex finished the regular season as the Big South’s leader in ERA with a 2.60 overall mark. His 1.91 ERA in conference play also led the league, and his seven conference wins ranked tied for second. Chasse limited all opponents to a .224 batting average, and in conference action, he held Big South batters to a league-low .150 batting average.
Chasse compiled a 7-2 record over his rookie campaign, racking up 58 strikeouts with 27 walks over 76.1 innings. The rookie finished second on the team in wins, third in strikeouts and first in starts (15).
The two-time Big South Freshman of the Week was also named the Big South Pitcher of the Week once during the season. He earned the league’s top weekly pitching honor after retiring the first 20 batters he faced on May 5 against Charleston Southern, taking a perfect game into the seventh inning. He needed just 116 pitches to toss a complete game, making him the only Big South freshman to accomplish the feat in 2019, and the first to do so in almost exactly two years (May 6, 2017; High Point’s Drew Daczkowski in a 4-1 win over Charleston Southern).
Chasse was one of two Big South rookies to receive a Freshman All-American distinction from the CBN as Charleston Southern reliever RJ Petit joined him on the list.