Senior Chase Byerly has been named to the preseason stopper of the year watch list by the National College Baseball Writers of America (NCBWA).
Byerly, a third team Academic All-American last season, was one of 75 relief pitchers in all of college baseball tabbed on the list. The Warsaw, Ind., native saved 10 games while striking out 32 batters over 45.1 innings. He also ranked second in the conference with 23 games finished.
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 16, 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 5, prior to start of NCAA Super Regional tournament competition. From the list of finalists, the NCBWA's All-America Committee will select a winner. The ninth annual winner will be announced in Omaha on Saturday, June 15, the opening day of the College World Series.
Other closers from Atlantic 10 teams joining Byerly on the preseason watch list are Pat Christensen (La Salle), James Norwood (Saint Louis) and Kenny O'Brien (George Washington).
Byerly and the Bulldogs will open the 2013 season Friday, Feb. 15 at Georgia State.