Feb. 11, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - Sophomore right-handed pitcher Ian Gibaut was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Preseason Stopper of the Year Watch List, announced the organization today.
The Houston native made 26 appearances out of the bullpen in 2013, leading the team in the category, while setting a Tulane freshman saves record with 12. In 40.2 innings, Gibaut posted a 2.66 ERA while fanning 38 batters and walking only 18. He notched a win-loss record of 2-2 while holding batters to a meager .243 batting average.
Gibaut tied for 27th in the nation in 2013 in saves, and only two other freshmen had more saves in 2013 than Gibaut's 12. He ranked fourth in Conference USA in the category.
Gibaut was named to the Midseason Stopper of the Year Award List midway through the 2013 campaign. Freshmen are not eligible to be nominated to the preseason list, hence Gibaut's absence on the initial list.
With Gibaut's inception on the list of Preseason Stopper of the Year, Tulane has now placed four pitchers on the list since 2006. Daniel Latham made the preseason and midseason list in both 2006 and 2007, while Nick Pepitone followed suit in 2010 and 2011. Last season, Alex Facundus was named to the preseason list, but did not pitch at all during the season because of an injury.
The NCBWA was founded in 1962 and is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. The Stopper of the Year was introduced by the NCBWA in 2005 to honor the nation's top relief pitcher. The watch list will be whittled down in the middle of the season and then cut to five before the NCAA Regionals. The regular-season saves leader is automatically chosen as one of the five finalists. The winner of the award is announced just prior to the start of the NCAA Super Regionals.