Edwards Named to Stopper Watch List

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State’s Daniel Edwards is among 40 players nationally to be named to the midseason watch list for the second annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, the association announced Thursday. The award will be given to the top relief pitcher in Division I college baseball.


Edwards, who is among five Big 12 relievers on the list, has settled in nicely this season as the Wildcats’ new closer in 2007. A  Kingwood, Texas, native, Edwards has been brilliant so far with nine saves in 10 chances and also has picked up two wins.


In 14 appearances this season, Edwards is 2-0 with a 0.84 ERA with nine saves and has yielded just two total runs in 21.1 innings work. The junior has struck out 34 batters in those 21.1 innings while opponents are hitting just .120 against him. Dating back to last season, Edwards has recorded a save or a win in 12 of his last 15 appearances and has yielded two runs in his last 24.1 innings, which also includes a streak of 21.0 scoreless innings that was snapped earlier this month against Missouri.


His nine saves this season are the second-most in single-season school history and he needs just two more to move into a tie for first. For his career, Edwards now has 12 saves, which are tied for the second-most in school history and he needs six more to tie the school record of 18, set by David Johnson. Edwards also ranks fourth in school history in career relief appearances with 48.

From the list of finalists, the NCBWA's All-America Committee will select a winner. The third annual winner will be announced on Wednesday, June 6, two days prior to the beginning of NCAA super regional action.


Kansas State returns to Big 12 play this weekend as it hosts Oklahoma in key conference series beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m.