Senior closer Brendan McCurry of Oklahoma State is one of five finalists for the Stopper of the Year Award, conferred annually by the National College Baseball Writers Association.

Oklahoma State Reliever A Finalist For Stopper Of The Year

Oklahoma State relief pitcher Brendan McCurry is one of five finalists in consideration for the Stopper of the Year Award presented by the National College Baseball Writers Association.

A senior right-handed reliever, McCurry is the Oklahoma State record holder for single season and career saves.

McCurry has 19 saves this season, which broke the previous record of 10 for a single season, held by his older brother, Randy, in 2009, and two others. This season, McCurry broke Jody Mercer’s career saves record at Oklahoma State, which was 17. McCurry currently has 27 career saves, and has a chance for more as the Cowboys are still alive in the NCAA Baseball Super Regionals.

The Oklahoma State senior has made a school-record 34 relief appearances this season and has a record of 5-0 with and a sensational ERA of 0.39. His 19 saves this season is the fourth-best in college baseball this season. In 46 innings of work this season, McCurry has yielded just two runs on 29 hits, while striking out 53.

The other four finalists for the Stopper of the Year Award are Sam Moore of UC Irvine, which is playing at Oklahoma State this weekend in one of the NCAA Super Regionals; Nick Burdi of Louisville; San Diego State’s Michael Cederoth, and Jacob Lindgren of Mississippi State.

The five finalists for the 2014 Stopper of the Year Award were whittled down from a midseason watch list comprised of 50 college players. The Big 12 had three players on the midseason watch list. In addition to McCurry, Josh Michalec of Baylor and Riley Ferrell of TCU were in consideration for the award when the list totaled 50 players.

Big 12 pitchers have won the Stopper of the Year Award four different times, and three of the past winners played for Texas: Corey Knebel of Texas (2011), Chance Ruffin of Texas (2010), Don Czyz of Kansas (2006) and J. Brent Cox of Texas (2005).


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