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WCC Places Four on NCBWA Midseason Stopper of the Year Watch List

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.