Junior pitcher Nick Pepitone has been recognized as one of the nation's top relier pitchers with his selection to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch list.
Jan. 28, 2010
New Orleans - Tulane junior pitcher Nick Pepitone has been named to the initial watch list for the sixth annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award which is presented to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball, as announced by the association Thursday.
A right-hander from Katy, Texas, Pepitone recorded nine saves in 22 bullpen appearances as Tulane's closer in 2009 and posted a 3.26 ERA with 42 strikeouts in 38.2 innings pitched. He ranked third in Conference USA in saves and sixth in games finished with 17.
Pepitone starred for Team USA last summer and did not allow a run in eight appearances out of the bullpen, tossing 14.2 innings of scoreless baseball. He relinquished just two hits while striking out five and held opposing batters to a .045 average. Pepitone was named the 16th best pro prospect after his performance with the Team USA College National Team
"This is a well-deserved award for Nick," Tulane head baseball coach Rick Jones said. "Based on his performance for us last season and during his time with USA Baseball this past summer, he has established himself as one of the premier closers in college baseball."
With four preseason nominees, Conference USA tied for the second-most selections among the conferences with the ACC and SEC. The Big 12 Conference led the way with five players named to the watch list.
Nominations for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award were made by each school's baseball sports information contact. At the end of 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, June 2, 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 sixth annual winner will be announced in Omaha on June 19, the opening day of the College World Series.
2010 NCBWA STOPPER OF THE YEAR WATCH LIST
PITCHER SCHOOL Yr.
Steve Arico Virginia Jr.
Chris Bassit Akron So.
Colin Bates North Carolina Jr.
Chad Bettis Texas Tech Sr.
Mike Bolsinger Arkansas Sr.
Collin Cargill Southern Miss Jr.
Andrew Chafin Kent State So.
Chase Dempsay Houston Jr.
Ryan Duke Oklahoma Jr.
Chris Enourato West Virginia Sr.
Nick Fleece Texas A&M Jr.
Chris Franklin SE Louisiana Sr.
Drew Gagnier Oregon Jr.
Tim Girdwood Elon Jr.
Cole Green Texas Jr.
Austin Hubbard Auburn Sr.
Mitchell Lambson Arizona State So.
Justin Malone Georgia State So.
Eric Marshall TCU Sr.
Cody Martin Gonzaga Jr.
Scott Matyas Minnesota Jr.
Randy McCurry Oklahoma State Jr.
Kevin McKague Army Jr.
Jarad Miller Valparaiso Jr.
Tyler Mizenko Winthrop So.
Kevin Moran Boston College Jr.
Jake Morgan Mississippi Jr.
Kevin Munson James Madison Jr.
Matty Ott LSU So.
Nick Pepitone Tulane Jr.
Eric Pettis UC Irvine Sr.
Mark Pope Georgia Tech So.
Nick Ramirez Cal State Fullerton So.
Addison Reed San Diego State So.
Kevin Rhoderick Oregon State Jr.
Michael Schum Wright State So.
Gabriel Shaw Louisville Jr.
Chad Sheppard Northwestern State So.
Seth Simmons East Carolina Jr.
Zach Varce Portland So.