Baseball: Riggle garners NCBWA all-region status

Senior led team in ERA, earned seven wins this spring


Jeff Helsel

Cal U senior Nick Riggle pitches in the first game of a doubleheader against Seton Hill, Wild Things Park, Washington, Pa., April 30, 2021.

Matthew Kifer

California University of Pennsylvania senior pitcher Nick Riggle was announced as a National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Second-Team All-Region selection on Friday afternoon.

Riggle became the program’s first NCBWA all-region pitcher since the 2011 campaign. The Atlantic Region is comprised of 30-plus teams from the Mountain East Conference (MEC) and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC), plus independents.

A native of Pittsburgh, Riggle finished the season with a 7-4 record while tying for the lead in the region with 12 starts. He posted a 3.47 ERA over 72.2 innings pitched while tallying 52 strikeouts and 21 walks. Riggle tied for fifth in the country with five complete games and averaged over six innings per appearance this season. The 6-foot-2 senior earned victories over regionally-ranked Seton Hill and Mercyhurst, plus a complete-game shutout while facing NCBWA Atlantic Region Pitcher of the Year Dylan Heid of Pitt-Johnstown.

Riggle leaves Cal U as one of the most prolific pitchers in program history. He tied the all-time school record with 23 wins after winning seven games in both 2019 and 2021. Riggle ranks second in school history with 261.0 innings pitched in his career after logging at least 60.0 inning three times. The Keystone Oaks product also finished ninth all-time with 180 strikeouts after setting a career high in strikeouts this spring.

Earlier this week, Riggle was tabbed to the All-PSAC West First-Team after being an All-PSAC West Second-Team selection as a junior. He was named a College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District honoree in each of the past two seasons, plus was voted to the PSAC Spring Top 10 last year. Riggle also held the distinction of being the team’s Opening Day starter four times in his career.