TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Sophomore right-handed pitcher Kevin Mooney has been named to the initial watch list for the 10th annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, given to the nation’s top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball, the association announced on Tuesday.
Last season, Mooney nailed down nine saves for the Terps, which set a single-season freshman record for Maryland and is the second-highest single-season total all-time. The native of Forest Hill, Md., made a team-high 28 appearances a season ago and posted a 2.18 ERA with 33 strikeouts in 41-1/3 innings of work.
Mooney is one of 50 players to be named to the initial watch list and is one of only two Atlantic Coast Conference pitchers. The Southeastern Conference led the way with six players named to this year’s watch list, while the Big 12 Conference, Big South Conference, Big Ten Conference, Conference USA and Pac 12 Conference all had four pitchers on the list.
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 21, 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 4, prior to the 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 2014 College World Series.