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NCBWA 2010 Stopper of the Year Award Midseason Watch List


Irvine, Calif. (NCBWA) — Forty-five players have been named to the midseason watch list for the sixth annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball, as announced by the association Thursday.

Leading the elite field with a nation-best 11 saves is Virginia’s Kevin Arico.  The junior right-hander owns a 2.37 ERA and had registered 27 strikeouts in 19.0 innings pitched.

Also included on this year’s midseason watch list is 2009 finalist Matty Ott of LSU (0-0, 2.70), who ranks second in the nation with 10 saves. Last year, Ott, the 2009 SEC Freshman of the Year, set a new high for the most single-season saves in LSU history with 16 and carried his team to a national championship. Oklahoma’s Ryan Duke (0-1, 1.59) and Appalachian State’s Chris Patterson (2-1, 0.77) each hold 10 saves apiece, tying them for second in the country with Ott.

The Big 12 Conference leads the way with six players named to the midseason watch list. The ACC, Pac-10, SEC and Southland Conference have four pitchers each on this year’s watch list, while the Big East Conference is represented by three players.  In all, 20 conferences are showcased in this year’s midseason watch list.

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 2, prior to start of NCAA regional tournament competition.  The NCBWA’s All-America Committee then will select the winner, with this year’s recipient to be announced on the opening day of the College World Series on June 19.

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, Georgia’s Joshua Fields topping the field in 2008 and San Diego State’s Addison Reed grabbing the honor last season.

The NCBWA, founded in 1962, presents the Dick Howser Trophy to the nation’s top player. It also selects All-America Teams for all Divisions, a Division I Freshman All-American team, Division I and III Players of the Week, Division I District Players of the Year and Division III Players of the Year.

For more information on the NCBWA Stopper of the Year, contact Julie St. Cyr at the Big West Conference at 949-261-2525 or Russ Anderson at Conference USA at 214-774-1300.


PITCHER                                 SCHOOL                             YR

James Allen                                        Kansas State                                 So.

Kevin Arico                                         Virginia                                            Jr.

Billy Barber                                         Richmond                                      Jr.

DJ Baxendale                                     Arkansas                                        Fr.

Lance Baxter                                      South Alabama                            Sr.

Brett Bochy                                        Kansas                                             Jr.

Russell Brewer                                  Vanderbilt                                     Jr.

Andrew Burkett                               Cincinnati                                       Sr.

Garret Carruth                                  Texas State                                   Sr.

Kevin Chapman                                Florida                                             Jr.

Adam Cimber                                    Washington                                  Fr.

Adam Conley                                     Washington State                       So.

Rye Davis                                             Western Kentucky                     So.

Ryan Duke                                          Oklahoma                                      Jr.

Austin Fleet                                        Coastal Carolina                           Fr.

Chris Franklin                                     Southeastern Louisiana           Sr.

Tyler Gebler                                       Rutgers                                           Fr.

Dan Gentzler                                     Maryland                                       Jr.

David Gutierrez                                Miami (Fla.)                                   Sr.

Matt Hauser                                       San Diego                                       Sr.

Tom Heithoff                                     Evansville                                       Sr.

Neil Holland                                        Louisville                                        Jr.

Jon Ivie                                                 Belmont                                         Jr.

Josh Janway                                       Southeastern Louisiana           So.

Chris Kaminski                                   Jacksonville                                   Jr.

Dan Klein                                             UCLA                                                So.

Ben Rowen                                         Virginia Tech                                 Sr.

Patrick Lawson                                  Charlotte                                        Sr.

Drew Mahaffey                                Citadel                                             Jr.

Kevin McKague                                 Army                                                Jr.

David McKnight                                BYU                                                  Jr.

Kevin Munson                                   James Madison                           Jr.

Kyle Necke                                         UC Irvine                                        Sr.

Matty Ott                                            LSU                                                   So.

Chris Patterson                                 Appalachian State                      Sr.

Brooks Pinckard                                Baylor                                              So.

Nick Pepitone                                    Tulane                                             Jr.

Ryne Purcell                                       Eastern Kentucky                       Jr.

Chance Ruffin                                    Texas                                               Jr.

Gera Sanchez                                    New Mexico                                 So.

Chad Sheppard                                 Northwestern State                  So.

Seth Simmons                                   East Carolina                                 Jr.

John Soldinger                                  Manhattan                                    Fr.

John Stilson                                        Texas A&M                                   So.

Jordan Swagerty                              Arizona State                                So.

  • Don Briggs

    No doubt all of these guys are deserving of consideration. Trevor Vermeullen of South Dakota State should also be included. Check out his numbers and performance this year. He has been superb.

  • Vince Noel

    Austin Fleet, Coastal Carolina, is listed as a freshman, but he is a senior.

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