April 19, 2012
WICHITA, Kan. -- Portland senior Owen Jones, San Diego sophomore Michael Wagner, and BYU freshman Mason Marshall have all been named to the midseason watch list for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award, which is given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball. The WCC closers are three of 45 players named to the list on Thursday.
Jones, who is in his first full season as Portland's closer, already has 12 saves this spring. He has a 1.82 ERA and has 23 strikeouts in 19.2 innings. A native of Edmonds, Wash., Jones was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week on March 12 after saved all three of Portland's wins over Air Force. Jones is just three saves shy of setting a new program record for saves in a season, which was set in 2010 by former Portland pitcher Chris Dennis.
Wagner leads the nation with 18 saves in 2012. The reigning Rawlings WCC Pitcher of the Week has struck out 31 in 35 innings, and boasts a 1.01 ERA this season.
Marshall has registered seven saves in 14 appearances, and is 1-0 with a 0.42 earned run average in his freshman campaign.
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 6, prior to start of NCAA Super Regional tournament competition.
The NCBWA's All-America Committee will select the winner, with this year's recipient to be announced during the 2012 College World Series.
--from byucougars.com, portlandpilots.com, usdtoreros.com