April 19, 2012
Fullerton, Calif. - Cal State Fullerton closer Michael Lorenzen has been named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association's Stopper of the Year midseason watch list, for the award given to the nation's top Div. I relief pitcher.
Lorenzen, on of 45 relievers being tracked by the NCBWA, is tied for second in the nation with 12 saves and trails San Diego's Michael Wagner by six save for the nation's lead. The right-hander from Anaheim has made 14 appearances and posted a 1-0 record with a 0.63 ERA in 14.1 innings pitched while also serving his everyday role as the Titans' centerfielder.
On the mound, the sophomore has struck out 14 batters and walked just three and has has closed out two of the Titans' three shutouts. The 12 consecutive saves for Lorenzen in his first season on the mound already has him tied with former All-American and MLB All-Star Chad Cordero (2002) for the seventh-best single-season performance in school history.
Among the other most notable nominees are 2011 Stopper of the Year Award winner Corey Knebel of Texas and preseason All-America selections Tony Bryant of Oregon State, Caleb Reed of Mississippi State, Austin Maddox of Florida and Nick Wittgren of Purdue.
The SEC led the way with eight pitchers on the midseason watch list, while the ACC had five pitchers on the list. Eighteen conferences are represented on the list, Lorenzen is the only representative from the Big West Conference.
Nominations for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award were made by baseball sports information/media relation contacts and more than 90 nominations were received. 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 6, 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 2012 College World Series.
2012 NCBWA Stopper of the Year key dates:
&\#149; Wed., June 6: Stopper of the Year finalists announced &\#149; TBA (June): NCBWA Stopper of the Year announced (Omaha, Neb.)