Jan. 28, 2010
Irvine, Calif. - Cal State Fullerton southpaw Nick Ramirez was listed on the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association's (NCBWA) preseason Stopper of the Year Watch List as the 40-man group was announced Thursday morning. This is the sixth year the association has sponsored the award for the nation's top Div. I relief pitcher.
Ramirez, who will also play first base in 2010, posted a 3-1 record with a 2.61 ERA and seven saves last year in 23 relief appearances as a freshman. The Anaheim native was a two-time freshman All-American (Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America) and also earned All-Big West First Team recognition. He also hit .287, belted 10 home runs and drove in 30 runs at the plate.
Ramirez and UC Irvine's Eric Petis are the only two relievers representing the Big West Conference.
Nominations for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award were made by baseball sports information/media relation contacts. The initial list will be updated with a mid-season release the week of April 19, 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 2, prior to start of NCAA regional tournament competition.
The NCBWA's All-America Committee then will select the winner, with this year's recipient to be announced on the opening day of the College World Series on June 19.
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, Luke Prihoda of Sam Houston State winning it in 2007, Georgia's Joshua Fields topping the field in 2008 and San Diego State's Addison Reed grabbing the honor last season.
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