Feb. 1, 2011
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland senior closer Chris Dennis was named to the initial watch list for the seventh annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball. Dennis, who is the all-time career leader in saves at UP, has also been named to the NCBWA Pre-Season All-American First Team and to the Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American Second Team.
As a junior last season, his first with the Pilots, Dennis was named to the NCBWA All-America Second Team and the Louisville Slugger All-America Third Team. The native of Bothell, Wash., was also one of five finalists for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award.
After transferring to The Bluff from Edmonds CC, Dennis registered 14 saves to set new career and single-season marks for the Pilots. The right-hander went 5-1 overall and posted a miniscule earned run average of 1.88. He also held opposing hitters to a .204 batting average, walked just nine in 43.0 innings of work and notched 51 strikeouts, for a per-game average of 10.7.
Dennis and the Pilots are set to open the 2011 season at Middle Tennessee State on Friday, Feb. 18. UP and the Blue Raiders are scheduled to play a three-game series in Murfreesboro, Tenn.