Junior pitcher Chase Byerly, who set a Butler single-season record with 10 saves this year, was recently voted a Capitol One Academic All-American. Byerly captured third-team honors and was one of just 33 players in the nation to be recognized.
Byerly, a reliever from Warsaw, Ind., has served primarily as Butler's closer. The team's closer the past two years, the right-hander finished with a 3.57 ERA in 26 appearances. He ranked second in the Horizon League in saves and games finished (23). Byerly totaled 32 strikeouts against just five walks in 45.1 innings this season.
"Chase is a great example of what a student-athlete should be about," head coach Steve Farley said. "He has done a fantastic job in the classroom and is an outstanding competitor on the diamond. He broke some records in 2012 and I'm sure he'll be at his best as a senior next year."
Byerly is just the seventh Butler baseball player all-time to be named Academic All-American, and the first since Tim Marks in 2003. As a university, Butler has placed at least three kids on Academic All-American teams each year since 2008.
Florida State's James Ramsey was named Academic All-American of the Year. Just one other player from the A-10, Shane Basen of Charlotte, was honored.