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Hardy receives All-American recognition

Austin Peay's Rowdy Hardy added another honor to his list of 2004 accomplishments. The sophomore pitcher was named to the Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-American baseball third-team.
Austin Peay's Rowdy Hardy added another honor to his list of 2004 accomplishments. The sophomore pitcher was named to the Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-American baseball third-team.

This season, Hardy compiled a 12-3 overall mark in 18 appearances while posting a 2.90 ERA in 118.0 innings pitched. He posted school records in victories (12), innings pitched (118.0) and strikeouts (89), while recording top-10 single-season performances in ERA (2.90, 10th) and games started (15, tied-10th). In regular-season conference contests, Hardy compiled a 7-0 mark, hurling four complete games and posting a 2.30 ERA while limiting opponents to a .228 batting average. He was named the Ohio Valley Conference's Rookie of the Year.

Hardy was one of only two OVC student-athletes named to the Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-American baseball teams. The league's Player of the Year, Stephen Carter, also was selected to the third team.
—Brad Kirtley