Chris Fowler becomes the seventh player from the baseball program to be inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame.
Fowler, a right-handed relief pitcher from Walhalla, S.C., helped the Rifles to a 97-76 record during his career as a reliever, including a 34-16 mark as a sophomore in 1990 and a 12-6 record in District Six, which was good enough for an NAIA District Six championship. In his junior season of 1991, Fowler helped the Rifles to a 29-14 overall mark and a No. 26 final national ranking, according to Collegiate Baseball.
Individually, Fowler finished his career with 76 relief appearances, which ranked as the second-highest total in NCAA Division II collegiate baseball at the time the milestone was established.Fowler enjoyed his finest season as a sophomore in 1990, making 24 relief appearances en route to recording a 6-2 mark as the pitcher of record, while tallying a single-season career standard eight saves. In total, Fowler posted an impressive ERA of 3.30.
As a junior in 1991, Fowler made 20 appearances, posting a 3-2 mark as the pitcher of record to go along with five saves and a 2.33 ERA. Fowler’s senior season saw him post his best ERA as a Rifle reliever, posting an astounding 1.93 ERA in 16 appearances, while finishing his final campaign as a collegiate pitcher with a 3-2 mark as the pitcher of record and five saves.
He finished his four years in the “Hub City” as the school’s record-holder in career saves with 20 and his 76-career appearances rank second on the school’s all-time ledger. Fowler’s career ERA of 3.15 still ranks as a program all-time career standard. His 14-6 final career record as a pitcher ranks him seventh on the school’s all-time scroll in career wins.
Though his playing days in a Rifle uniform came to a close in 1992, Fowler would serve the Upstate program in a new capacity in the subsequent seasons, staying on as the Rifles’ pitching coach from 1993-94.
Fowler graduated in 1992, earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and currently works as a commercial banker in Greenville, S.C. He has one son, Campbell.