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Trio of WCC Closers Named to NCBWA Stopper of the Year Mideseason Watch List

April 23, 2014

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. - The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association released its midseason watch list for the 2014 Stopper of the Year Award today and Loyola Marymount's Bret Dahlson, Santa Clara's Reece Karalus and Pepperdine's Eric Karch earned selection. 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 4, prior to start of NCAA Super Regional tournament competition.

Sr. RHP Bret Dahlson currently sports a 0-0 record with a 1.93 ERA as he has recorded seven saves over 24 appearances and 28 innings of work. The native of Yorba Linda, Calif. became LMU's career saves leader earlier this year, passing Darryl Scott (1987-90) for the honor. Dahlson, who has punched out 24 hitters over his 28 innings this year, enters the weekend series at Santa Clara with 25 career saves. The right-hander registered 11 saves in 2012 and seven in 2013, with the 11 saves ranking second in LMU's single-season record book.

Sophomore RHP Reece Karalus is enjoying a strong season for the Broncos and owns a 4-1 record with a 2.27 ERA, eight saves and 30 strikeouts in 31.2 innings between 22 relief appearances and one start this season. Karalus has collected five of those saves along with three wins in his last nine outings. He has struck out multiple batters 10 times, including a season-high four batters three times.

Karalus made three relief appearances for Santa Clara in its last WCC series April 17-19 at San Diego, finishing with two saves and a win in 4.2 innings as the Broncos swept the Toreros. The sophomore retired 14 of 16 batters he faced and did not allow a hit to a San Diego team that entered the weekend with a .331 batting average. 

Senior RHP Eric Karch, the Waves' senior closer, ranks fifth in the nation with 11 saves on the year and currently boasts a 0.82 ERA in 22.0 innings pitched. Karch has made 19 appearances this season, compiling 17 strikeouts and a 3-0 record, while allowing opponents to hit only .147 against him.

Six of his WCC-best 11 saves have come in one-run ballgames and in six of his appearances he has recorded multiple strikeouts. No other player on the Waves roster has recorded a save this season. Karch has anchored a bullpen that has led Pepperdine to a 25-0 record when leading after the sixth inning this year.