Gray Named Preseason All-American, D-III Pitcher of the Year

Photo courtesy of Steve Plopper.
Photo courtesy of Steve Plopper.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Trinity University pitcher Ryan Gray continues to garner accolades heading into his senior season.

The 2013 Newark Pilot, who was named a First-Team All-American at the end of his junior campaign, was named a 2016 Preseason All-American by the same organization. In addition, Baseball America crowned Gray its 2016 Division III Preseason Pitcher of the Year, announced in its Small College Preview on January 29.

Gray, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound southpaw from Tucson, Ariz., finished 2015 with a perfect 8-0 record in 14 total appearances. He led the Tigers’ pitching staff with 75 strikeouts and a .134 batting average against, while leading qualified pitchers with a 2.00 ERA. He helped Trinity tie a single-season record with 40 wins and reach the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament for the first time in program history. Trinity finished last season ranked fourth in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association/ D-III Top 25 Poll. With Gray among its top returners, the Tigers were ranked seventh in the 2016 Preseason Top 25.

With the Pilots in 2013, Gray tossed 21.1 innings in eight appearances, including four starts. He fanned 19 batters and held opponents to a team-best .201 batting average. The lefty finished with a 2-1 record, earning his second win with a complete-game shutout and nine strikeouts against Adirondack on July 14, 2013.

Gray isn’t the first former Pilot to be awarded Baseball America’s Division III Preseason Pitcher of the Year award. Two-time Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) All-Star Justin D’Amato of St. John Fisher College was given the honor heading into junior season in 2013.