Long Earns Spot on NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List
Feb. 3, 2011
NORMAL, Ill. - Junior closer Kenny Long has been named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) preseason Stopper of the Year watch list, as released by the NCBWA. Long is among 45 players up for the award, given each year to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball.
Long finished the 2010 season with the third lowest ERA in the nation (1.38) and the lowest single-season ERA for the Redbirds since 1981. Long also tied the single-season saves record with nine, and moved into second place on the ISU career saves list. The Fox River Grove, Ill., native was also named to the 2010 All-Missouri Valley Conference First Team and earned a State Farm All-MVC Tournament Team selection. Earlier this week, Long was one of four Redbirds named to the preseason All-Valley team. Long is the only MVC representative on the Stopper of the Year 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 18, 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 1, prior to start of NCAA regional tournament competition.
The NCBWA's All-America Committee will then select the winner, with this year's recipient to be announced in Omaha on the opening day of the College World Series on June 18.
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, San Diego State's Addison Reed grabbing the honor in 2009, and Texas' Chance Ruffin earning the award last season.
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