Feb. 11, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Sophomore pitcher Jake Matthys, who set K-State records for wins and saves by a freshman last season, has been named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Stopper of the Year Award preseason watch list. The Stopper of the Year Award, established in 2005, is given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I.
A Freshman All-American in 2013, Matthys was named to Collegiate Baseball's preseason All-America Third Team this past December after he went 9-2 with a 2.05 ERA and nine saves in a school-record 34 appearances during his first season of collegiate baseball. The native of Spring Lake Park, Minn. was also tabbed the Big 12's Freshman of the Year and named to the All-Big 12 First Team and All-Big 12 Freshman Team.
This marks the second consecutive year a K-State pitcher has been selected to the initial watch list after Nate Williams was named to the list last season. Since 2008, five Wildcats have been named to the Stopper of the Year watch list.
Of the 50 student-athletes selected to the preseason list, the Big 12 had four pitchers on the list, including Matthys. The SEC led all conferences with six players on the list. Matthys is also one of 14 sophomores on the award's initial watch 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 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.
2014 NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List
Pitcher, School, Yr.
Kevin Alexander, Florida Atlantic, Sr.
Brad Applin, Rhode Island, So.
David Berg, UCLA, Jr.
Nick Burdi, Louisville, Jr.
Ryan Burr, Arizona State, So.
Garrett Cleavinger, Oregon, So.
Dylan Cole, Georgia, Sr.
Jacob Cronenworth, Michigan, So.
Terrance Dedrick, Auburn, Sr.
Trace Dempsey, Ohio State, Jr.
Jacob Dorris, Texas A&M-CC, Jr.
Trevor Dunlap, Washington, Sr.
Eric Eck, Wofford, Sr.
Matt Eckelman, Saint Louis, So.
Taylor Edens, VMI, So.
Riley Ferrell, TCU, So.
Ian Gibaut, Tulane, So.
Joe Goodman, High Point, Jr.
Ryan Halstead, Indiana, Sr.
Dylan Hecht, UCSB, So.
Jonathan Holder, Mississippi State, Jr.
Jason Jester, Texas A&M, Sr.
Mason Klotz, Southeastern Louisiana, So.
Dimitri Kourtis, Mercer, Jr.
Karch Kowalczyk, Valparaiso, Sr.
Craig LeJeune, George Washington, Sr.
Zech Lemond, Rice, Jr.
Seth Lucio, Tennessee Tech, Jr.
David Mahoney, Connecticut, R-Jr.
Jake Matthys, Kansas State, So.
Chris McCue, North Carolina, Jr.
Brendan McCurry, Oklahoma State, Sr.
Sutter McLoughlin, Sacramento State, So.
Brian Miller, Vanderbilt, Jr.
Ross Mitchell, Mississippi State, R-Jr.
Kevin Mooney, Maryland, So.
J.D. Moore, South Dakota State, Jr.
Corbin Olmstead, North Florida, So.
Lawrence Pardo, USF, Sr.
Ashton Perritt, Liberty, Jr.
Jordan Piche, Kansas, Sr.
Tyler Powell, Western Carolina, Jr.
Reed Reilly, Cal Poly, Jr.
Drew Reynolds, East Carolina, Sr.
Josh Roeder, Nebraska, Jr.
Jason Simms, Sam Houston State, Sr.
Travis Stout, Jacksonville State, Jr.
Ryan Thompson, Campbell, Sr.
Ian Tompkins, Western Kentucky, Jr.
Kevin Willman, Northern Colorado, Sr.