MSSU’s Parish named Division II National Pitcher of the Year

Zach Parish set the NCAA Division II record for career strikeouts this season.
Web Parish

JOPLIN, Mo. – Missouri Southern pitcher Zach Parish has been named the Division II National Pitcher of the Year by the NCBWA, and has been named a 1st team All-American.

This award comes after Parish has already earned 1st team All-MIAA honors and been named MIAA Pitcher of the Year – while also being named the Central Region Pitcher of the Year.

Parish became the NCAA Division II all-time leader in strikeouts this season. He finishes his MSSU career with 488 strikeouts and tied his own school single-season record with 136 strikeouts on the season.

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The hardware keeps coming in for senior lefthander Zach Parish as the southpaw was named the Division II National Pitcher of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association today.

Already named the Central Region Pitcher of the Year by both the baseball writers and the Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association, Parish was also the MIAA Pitcher of the Year this season, as well as a first-team All-MIAA and All-Region selection. Now Parish can add first-team All-American to his resume.

Parish  became the NCAA Division II all-time leader in strikeouts this year as he struck out eight in a win against Rogers State. In his career, Parish now has 488 strikeouts. Parish tied his MSSU single-season record with 136 this year.

This season, Parish leads the MIAA and ranks third nationally in strikeouts. He is second in the MIAA and third nationally in wins, while ranking first in the MIAA and sixth nationally in WHIP. He ranks first in the MIAA and eighth nationally in hits allowed per nine innings, while ranking first in the MIAA and second nationally in ERA and first in the MIAA and third nationally in starts. Currently Parish is the active career leader in all of college baseball (d1, d2, d3) in wins, strikeouts, innings pitched and starts.

Parish was the only player from the MIAA to be named a first-team All-American. Dusty Stroup of Central Missouri was a second-team selection, while Mules’ Erik Webb and Mason Green were third-team picks. Pittsburg State’s Dawson Pomeroy was an honorable mention selection.