Three Big 12 relief pitchers are included in the midseason watch candidates for the 2014 Stopper of the Year Award. The annual award, hosted by the National College Baseball Writers Association, is presented annually to the top relief pitcher in college baseball.
Michalec has recorded a league-best 15 saves this season, just five short of tying the single-season all-time best in the Big 12. His has 15 saves in 22 relief appearances this season, and converted his first 11 save chances in 2014. He is currently tied for third in the NCAA in saves this season.
Oklahoma State’s McCurry is 5-0 with an ERA of 0.53 in 25 relief appearances. His 12 saves ranks second to Michalec in the conference and is tied for sixth best in the country. He has given up just two runs in 34 innings pitched and has 26 strikeouts, second best on the team. McCurry is the career leader at Oklahoma State with 20 saves in his two seasons in Stillwater.
Ferrell has 10 saves in 19 relief appearances in 2014. The weekend before last he recorded a save in all three games in the Horned Frogs’ series sweep of then-league-leader Texas. He has 42 strikeouts in 25 innings and opposing hitters are batting just .131 against him.
Four former Big 12 relief pitchers have won the Stopper of the Year Award: J. Brent Cox of Texas won the inaugural award in 2005, Don Czyz of Kansas was the winner in 2008, Texas’ Chance Ruffin in 2010 and the Longhorns’ Cory Knebel in 2011.
At the end of the regular season, the college saves leader and four other relievers will be named as finalists , and the winner of this season’s Stopper of the Year Award will be announced during the College World Series in June.
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