Feb. 24, 2005
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - UCLA right-hander Adam Simon has been named to the intial watch list for the inagural National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, the association announced Wednesday. The award will be given annually to the top relief pitcher in Division I.
As of Wednesday, February 24, Simon, who is one of thirty pitchers to appear on the list, is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA and two saves. He has held opponents to a meager .152 batting average in five appearances this season.
The junior has posted a career 4.98 ERA throughout his two-plus years in Westwood. He has posted eight saves in 72.1 innings pitched since 2003. Simon started one game as a freshman but has made 28 consecutive relief appearances in 2003-2004. Last season, Simon posted a 4.50 ERA while totalling a 2-3 record in 40 innings pitched. He has struck out 65 batters in his career.
Joining Simon on the list are UC Irvine's pre-season All-American Blair Erickson and South Carolina's Chad Blackwell, who finished 2004 with 17 and 20 saves, respectively.
The 2005 watch list represents 15 conferences, led by three players from each of the Atlantic Coast, Atlantic-10, Big Ten, Pac-10 and Southern conferences. California's Matt Swanson and Arizona State's Zechry Zinicola join Simon as the Pac-10 Conference's other two selections.
Finalists for the award will be announced on Wednesday June 1 and the NCBWA Stopper of the Year will be named on Wednesday, June 8.