April 23, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane baseball closer Ian Gibaut was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Midseason Watch List - awarded to the nation's top collegiate baseball reliever - announced the organization on Tuesday.
Gibaut has been crucial for the Green Wave this season, his first on the Uptown campus. The Houston native is tied for the C-USA lead with nine saves, the most by a first-year Tulane player since Brandon Belanger had 16 in 1999. He is 1-2 with a 2.45 ERA in 17 appearances. He has pitched 29.1 innings, fanning 27 and walking 13. Gibaut is one of six freshmen appearing on the midseason watch list.
Conference USA has two other pitchers on the list: Memphis junior Jonathan Van Eaton and Rice sophomore Zech Lemond.
Nominations for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award were made by baseball sports information/media relations contacts and more than 90 nominations were received. 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 5, prior to start of NCAA Super Regional tournament competition.
The NCBWA's All-America Committee will select the winner, with this year's recipient to be announced during the 2013 College World Series.
Tulane junior Alex Facundus was named to the preseason list for the award, but did make the cut for the midseason watch list after not appearing this year due to injury. Freshman are not eligible to be nominated for the preseason list but may be added as the season progresses.
The Green Wave take on LSU on Wednesday before heading to Charleston, W.V., for a three-game series against Conference USA rival Marshall this weekend.