April 16, 2009
The NCBWA announced its midseason Stopper of the Year watch list today, and the West Coast Conference was awarded with four players on the list along with the SEC and Pac-10, which was the third most of any conference in the country. The ACC had seven while the Big 12 put five players on the list. Making the list for the WCC was SO Cody Martin (GON), SR Nick Gaudi (PEP), JR AJ Griffin (USD), and SO Thain Simon (SCU).
Martin currently owns a 3-2 record and has a win against then No. 10 Missouri. He currently leads the team and is ranked second in the league in ERA at 2.43. Gaudi currently sits at 3-1, including a win over No. 22 Gonzaga, and is tied for the league lead in saves with six. Through 20.2 innings pitched, he as 26 strikeouts. Griffin recently made the transition to regular starter and is now 6-1 on the season, tied for the league lead in wins. He owns a save over then No. 16 Oklahoma and got his first win over then No. 9 Rice. He leads the league in ERA at 2.23. Simon, last year's WCC Freshman of the Year, is 3-3 on the year with a 4.31 ERA. He was also named to this year's Blake Wallace Award preseason watch list.
Forty-five relief pitchers are included on the midseason watch list for the fifth annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, the association announced Thursday. The award is given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I college baseball.
The midseason watch list includes Addison Reed of San Diego State, who leads the nation with 12 saves and is the only closer with double digits in that category. The sophomore right-hander carries a 0.51 earned run average and has totaled 20 strikeouts in only 14.2 innings pitched.
Not far behind Reed are nine save relief specialists all tied for second nationally: Luke Demko (1-3, 2.57) of Rhode Island, Ryan Smith (0-0, 4.19) of Dartmouth, Eric Pettis (3-1, 3.83) of UC Irvine, Kyle Bellamy (3-0, 1.40) of Miami (Fla.) and Winthrop's Tyler Mizenko (2-3, 3.38).
The Atlantic Coast Conference led the way with seven players named to the midseason watch list. The Big 12 had five, while the West Coast, Southeastern Conference and Pac-10 Conference added four pitchers each on this year's watch list.
The watch list was compiled from nominations submitted by sports information contacts and conference media relations offices nationwide. At the conclusion of the regular season, the Division I national saves leader and four other relief pitching standouts will be selected as finalists and released Wednesday, June 3, prior to start of NCAA Super Regional play.
The NCBWA's All-America Committee then will select the winner, with this year's recipient to be announced Saturday, June 13, before the opening of NCAA College World Series.
Texas hurler J. Brent Cox won the inaugural Stopper of the Year Award in 2005, with Don Czyz of Kansas claiming the honor in 2006, Luke Prihoda of Sam Houston State winning it in 2007 and Georgia's Joshua Fields topping the field in 2008.
The NCBWA, founded in 1962, presents the Dick Howser Trophy to the nation's top player. It also selects a Division I All-America Team, Division I Freshman All-Americans, Division I and III Players of the Week, Division I District Players of the Year and Division II and III Players of the Year. For more information on the NCBWA Stopper of the Year, contact Chuck Dunlap at the Southeastern Conference at 205-458-3000.
2009 NCBWA STOPPER OF THE YEAR MIDSEASON WATCH LIST
PITCHER SCHOOL YRColin Bates North Carolina So.Michael Belfiore Boston College Jr.Kyle Bellamy Miami (Fla.) Jr.Scott Bittle Ole Miss Sr.Zach Calhoon UTSA Jr.Collin Cargill Southern Miss So.Joey Cutler NC State Sr.Luke Demko Rhode Island Sr.Chris Enourato West Virginia Jr.Nick Gaudi Pepperdine Sr.Jake Geglein Cincinnati Sr.AJ Griffin San Diego Jr.Jake Hale Ohio State Sr.Stephen Harrold UNC Wilmington So.Alex Hassan Duke Jr.Austin Hubbard Auburn Jr.Joe Kelly UC Riverside Jr.Greg Lane Binghamton Sr.Cody Martin Gonzaga So.Nick McCully Coastal Carolina Fr.Tyler Mizenko Winthrop Fr.Brian Moran North Carolina Jr.Kevin Munson James Madison So.Matty Ott LSU Fr.Matt Packer Virginia Jr.Eric Pettis UC Irvine Jr.Addison Reed San Diego State So.Kevin Rhoderick Oregon State So.Jordan Rogers Rice Sr.Thomas Rooke Kansas State So.Chad Shepherd Northwestern State Fr.Thain Simon Santa Clara So.Paul Smyth Kansas Sr.Ryan Smith Dartmouth So.Jimmy Stanley Belmont Sr.Travis Starling Texas A&M Jr.Jason Stoffel Arizona Jr.Drew Storen Stanford So.Josh Storm Troy Sr.Daniel Tenholder Austin Peay Jr.Matt Vaughn Clemson Sr.Derek Ward UL-Monroe Sr.Dean Weaver Georgia Jr.Austin Wood Texas Sr.