Dec. 12, 2007
WACO, Texas -- Baylor senior relief pitcher Nick Cassavechia was named Preseason All-America by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, announced Wednesday. Cassavechia, a third-team selection, is Baylor's first preseason All-American since Josh Ford and Michael Griffin were so honored prior to the 2004 season.
Cassavechia, who has served as Baylor's closer each of the past two seasons, was 6-2 with 11 saves and a 3.12 ERA last season. He recorded 72 strikeouts against only 20 walks in 52.0 innings of work. Cassavechia tied for second in the Big 12 Conference and 23rd nationally in saves last season. His 2007 saves total is tied for fifth-best nationally among returning players.
A product of St. Mark's High School in Dallas, Texas, Cassavechia was a second-team All-Big 12 pick by the Waco Tribune Herald and was named honorable mention all-conference by the league's coaches. He enters the 2008 season with a 9-6 career record, a 3.36 career ERA and 19 career saves, tied for second in school history.
Cassavechia was one of five Big 12 student-athletes named preseason All-America, joining Texas outfielder Kyle Russell (first team), Kansas State relief pitcher Daniel Edwards (first team), Texas A&M second baseman Blake Stouffer (third team) and Missouri starting pitcher Aaron Crow (third team).
Baylor opens its 2008 season Feb. 22-24, hosting Purdue for a three-game series at Baylor Ballpark.