April 23, 2014
TALLAHASSE, Fla. – Houston Baseball senior Chase Wellbrock was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Stopper of the Year Midseason Watch List, which honors the nation’s top relief pitcher, as announced by the organization Wednesday afternoon.
Wellbrock was just one of 50 baseball student-athletes across the nation and just one of two whom represent the American Athletic Conference to be honored on this prestigious list through the first 40 games.
The Brenham, Texas native became the Houston all-time saves leader this season after recording his 17th save of his career, surpassing Ryan Wagner’s 16 saves – which was a record for 11 years. Wellbrock currently has 20 career saves, eight coming this season alone.
He leads the conference and is one of the nation’s best with an ERA of 0.68 in 15 appearances. The right-hander holds a record of 3-0 with eight saves and has struck out 24 in 26.2 innings this season, while walking just three – two of which have been intentional walks.
The senior has played an integral role in the Cougar pitching staff’s success this season as Houston owns the nation’s best ERA at 1.94 and WHIP at 0.97.
ABOUT THE AWARD & THE NCBWA
Nominations for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award were made by baseball sports information/media relations contacts. 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 4, 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 2014 College World Series.
The NCBWA, founded in 1962, presents the Dick Howser Trophy to the nation's top player. It also selects All-America Teams for all Divisions, a Division I Freshman All-American team, Division I and III Players of the Week, Division I District Players of the Year and Division III Players of the Year.
For a complete list of players named to the Watch List, CLICK HERE.
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