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Lowder Named Perfect Game Preseason ACC Pitcher of the Year; Four Deacs Land on Preseason All-ACC Team

Lowder Named Perfect Game Preseason ACC Pitcher of the Year; Four Deacs Land on Preseason All-ACC Team

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Wake Forest baseball preseason All-American Rhett Lowder was selected as the 2023 Preseason Pitcher of the Year by Perfect Game. Additionally, Lowder was joined by preseason All-Americans Nick Kurtz, Brock Wilken and Teddy McGraw on the outlet’s Preseason All-Conference team. 

The Demon Deacons led the Atlantic Coast Conference with four honorees. Last week, Wake Forest had five selections on Perfect Game’s All-America teams, the most in the nation, and was ranked No. 5 in PG’s Preseason Poll. 

Reigning ACC Pitcher of the Year Rhett Lowder

  • After one of the greatest seasons by a Wake Forest pitcher ever, Rhett Lowder returns to Winston-Salem for his third year in the Old Gold and Black in 2023. 

  • In 2022, Lowder became the first Demon Deacon in program history to be named ACC Pitcher of the Year, the third Unanimous All-American in program history and the first Demon Deacon ever to be named a finalist for the Collegiate Pitcher of the Year Award. 

  • Lowder finished his sophomore season with a 11-3 record in 99.1 innings, becoming just the fifth pitcher in program history and the first since 2002 to reach 11 victories in a season. Over the course of his career, Lowder has won 15 games and sits just seven victories away from entering the top 10 in Wake Forest history for career wins.

  • Additionally, Lowder struck out a career-high 105 batters a year ago, the 10th most in program history. The Albemarle, N.C. native is 52 Ks away from entering the top 10 in Demon Deacon history. 

  • Lowder ended the regular season as the only pitcher in the ACC to rank in the top three in wins, strikeouts, ERA and innings pitched while also ranking in the top 10 in WHIP (fourth), walks allowed per nine innings (seventh) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (seventh) heading into the NCAA Tournament.

  • In conference play, Lowder registered the lowest ERA (2.60) and the most innings (65.2) in addition to the second-most victories (six). 

  • In Wake Forest’s final regular season series, Lowder threw the first complete game by a Demon Deacon since 2017 on just 87 pitches, striking out six batters while allowing just five hits and no walks against NC State (May 19). 

  • On May 7, 2022, Lowder reached 150 career strikeouts with his first punch out of his start against Louisville (May 7).


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