TULSA, Okla. – Oral Roberts junior Brady Womacks is one of 40 players named to the Stopper of the Year Award Midseason Watch List, announced Thursday by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
A product of Pevely, Missouri, Womacks is 2-1 with seven saves and a 0.36 ERA in 19 appearances. The right-hander has allowed just 20 hits in 24.2 innings of work, while fanning 20 batters.
Womacks' seven saves place him atop the Summit League and in a tie for 10th place on the Golden Eagles' single-season charts, just behind Matt Rush and Jeff Eddings.
The NCBWA will announce five finalists for the 2016 Stopper of the Year – the Division I national saves leader and four other relief pitching standouts – on Wednesday, June 8, prior to the start of NCAA Super Regional competition. The NCBWA's All-America Committee will select the winner, with this year's recipient to be announced during the 2016 College World Series.
Texas hurler J. Brent Cox won the inaugural Stopper of the Year Award in 2005, with Don Czyz of Kansas claiming the honor in 2006 and Luke Prihoda of Sam Houston State winning it in 2007. Georgia's Joshua Fields topped the field in 2008, San Diego State's Addison Reed grabbed the honor in 2009 and Texas' Chance Ruffin earned the honor in 2010. The Longhorns' Corey Knebel won in 2011. UCLA's Berg was crowned the winner in 2013, Louisville's Nick Burdi took home the 2014 honor and Berg became the award's first two-time winner in 2015.
The NCBWA, founded in 1962, presents the Dick Howser Trophy to the nation's top player. It also selects All-America Teams for all Divisions, a Division I Freshman All-American team, Division I and III Players of the Week, Division I District Players of the Year and Division III Players of the Year.
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