USC sophomore right-handed pitcher Matt Price has been named to the initial watch list for the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award.
Last season, Price went 5-1 out of the bullpen with a 2.26ERA as well as 10 saves. He struck out 83 batters in 55.2 innings, finishing with an average of 13.41 strikeouts per nine innings, a school record at Carolina.
Nominations for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award were made by baseball sports information/media relations contacts. The initial list will be updated with a mid-season release the week of April 18, including the national saves leaders.
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 1, 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 in Omaha on the opening day of the College World Series on June 18.