Dew Named To NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List

02/02/2007 – Troy University Athletic News

DALLAS (NCBWA) – Troy University senior Josh Dew was one of 35 players named to the watch list for the third annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, the association announced Friday. The award is given to the top relief pitcher in Division I college baseball. Of the 35 pitchers who make up the initial 2007 watch list, 24 were among the nation’s Top 50 in saves at the end of the 2006 season, including eight of the Top 12 save totals in the final NCAA rankings. Dew, who is also on the watch lists for the Brooks Wallace Award which goes to the college baseball player of the year and the Roger Clemens Award, which goes to the college baseball pitcher of the year, was recently named the preseason Player of the Year for the Sun Belt Conference. Two of the finalists for the 2006 NCBWA Stopper of the Year return this spring, Cole St. Clair of Rice and Joshua Fields of Georgia, after helping their teams to the College World Series last spring. St. Clair was 7-2 with 11 saves and a 1.82 ERA last season, while Fields tied for fourth nationally with 15 saves while going 3-2 with a 1.80 ERA. Notre Dame sophomore Kyle Weiland is the nation’s returning leader in saves, recording 16 last season to lead the Fighting Irish into NCAA regional play. Andrew Carignan (North Carolina), Link Saunders (The Citadel) and Fields all return after collecting 15 saves in 2006. A total of 20 pitchers that appear on the 2007 watch list finished last season with at least 10 saves. The 2007 watch list is comprised of players from 19 conferences, led by six players from the Atlantic Coast and four from the Mid-American. The Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Big West, Conference USA, Missouri Valley, Patriot and Southeastern each have two players represented while nine other conferences have at least one player on the 2007 watch list. "The organization started this award two years ago and it is quickly becoming one of the prestigious awards in college baseball,” Mike “Mex” Carey, the NCBWA president, said. “This year appears it could be the best yet with so many quality closers coming back.” Nominations were made by each school’s baseball sports information contact. A mid-season release, including the national saves leaders, will be updated during the week of April 16. At the end the regular season, the Division I leader in saves and four other relief pitching standouts will be selected as the award’s finalists. These finalists will be released on Wednesday, May 30, just prior to the beginning of NCAA regional play. From the list of finalists, the NCBWA’s All-America Committee will select a winner. The third annual winner will be announced on Wednesday, June 6, two days prior to the beginning of NCAA super regional action. Last year’s winner was Don Czyz from Kansas. Texas’ J. Brent Cox won the inaugural award in 2005. 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 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 Shamus McKnight at the University of Nebraska at 402-472-7772 (Ext. 210) or Todd Lamb at the Ohio State University at 614-688-0343. 2007 Stopper Preseason Watch List Name, School, Class ERA W-L SV APP GS IP H R ER BB SO Brock Baber, Kentucky, Jr. 3.10 4-0 4 23 0 29.0 36 15 10 6 11 Noah Booth, Wichita State, Sr. 2.50 1-1 7 28 0 54.0 45 22 15 15 44 Jason Buursma, Bucknell, Jr. 0.80 1-1 9 20 0 33.2 26 6 3 13 31 Andrew Carignan, N. Carolina, Jr. 3.21 2-3 15 32 0 33.2 18 14 12 15 44 Nick Cassavechia, Baylor, Jr. 3.03 3-4 8 27 0 38.2 35 22 13 15 28 Brett Cecil, Maryland, Jr. 4.78 4-5 13 26 2 58.1 55 35 31 13 54 Elliott Cribby, Washington, Jr. 3.76 7-6 10 29 5 69.1 68 35 29 27 44 Danny Davis, McNeese St., Sr. 2.43 8-0 7 25 0 55.2 47 20 15 23 46 Ryan Davis, Kent State, Sr. 4.18 0-3 14 27 0 28.0 23 17 13 16 13 Josh Dew, Troy, Sr. 2.98 5-1 7 24 0 48.1 39 19 16 21 63 Milan Dinga, Army, Sr. 0.48 2-0 10 17 0 18.2 12 1 1 2 22 Joseph Edens, Samford, Sr. 3.04 2-1 11 24 0 23.2 22 9 8 10 20 Robbie Elsemiller, Stetson, Jr. 2.56 7-3 14 37 0 70.1 63 21 20 16 54 Blair Erickson, UC Irvine, Sr. 2.06 5-0 13 29 2 52.1 40 13 12 33 57 Joshua Fields, Georgia, Jr. 1.80 3-2 15 35 0 50.0 36 12 10 11 56 Matt German, Northern Illinois, Sr. 0.49 2-1 11 29 0 36.2 15 10 2 23 45 Kyle Heyne, Ball State, Jr. 2.11 4-5 12 29 0 42.2 37 22 10 5 46 Ben Hunter, Wake Forest, Jr. 1.47 1-2 14 33 0 55.0 38 16 9 17 70 Brett Hunter, Pepperdine, So. 2.83 5-3 11 29 2 60.1 52 20 19 16 53 Ben Jenzen, Michigan, So. 2.86 2-0 6 22 0 28.1 20 13 9 10 13 Casey Lambert, Virginia, Sr. 2.79 3-2 10 28 0 38.2 41 18 12 11 44 Daniel Latham, Tulane, Sr. 4.75 5-3 14 35 0 47.1 49 27 25 10 41 Rory Meister, Ohio State, Jr. 3.82 0-1 6 29 0 33.0 29 16 14 28 43 Daniel Moskos, Clemson, Jr. 2.52 5-5 10 33 0 53.2 44 18 15 21 54 James Ricchio, Central Mich., Sr. 2.49 2-2 9 26 0 25.1 24 11 7 6 20 Cole St. Clair, Rice, Jr. 1.82 7-2 11 37 2 74.1 39 19 15 26 100 Link Saunders, The Citadel, Sr. 3.21 5-6 15 33 0 42.2 61 28 17 12 59 Justin Segal, UCSB, Sr. 2.29 5-3 7 36 0 55.0 46 20 14 13 33 Jonathan Settle, Winthrop, Sr. 3.24 5-2 9 29 1 41.2 44 21 15 19 18 Damon Sublett, Wichita State, Jr. 0.00 1-0 7 14 0 12.1 5 3 0 10 23 Luke Tucker, Florida State, Sr. 1.06 2-1 9 27 0 34.0 15 8 4 16 51 A.J. Upton, Cincinnati, Jr. 3.86 2-2 6 22 0 39.2 30 22 17 19 23 Kyle Weiland, Notre Dame, So. 2.37 2-4 16 30 0 49.1 39 15 13 20 48 Austin Wood, Texas, So. 3.15 4-3 7 35 1 45.2 40 20 16 19 37 Ryan Woods, Le Moyne, Sr. 0.60 2-2 11 30 0 45.1 24 8 3 9 33


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