Czyz Named to NCBWA Stopper of the Year Mid-Season Watch List
April 20, 2006
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
University of Kansas senior closer Don Czyz was named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year midseason watch list. The Overland Park, Kan., native leads the nation in saves with 13 heading into this weekend’s series against Kansas State.
Czyz owns a 5-0 record to go with his 13 saves. The righty carries a 1.30 ERA and already holds the Kansas single season saves record and career saves mark.
Czyz was one of 30 players named to the watch list. The list represents 15 conferences, led by four players from the Atlantic Coast, and three from the Big West, Pac 10, and Southeastern conferences. The Big Ten, Big 12, Conference USA, Metro Atlantic, Patriot and Southern each have two players represented, while the Atlantic Sun, Horizon, Mid American, Missouri Valley, and Western Athletic all have one player.
At the end the regular season, the Division I leader in saves and four other relief pitching standouts will be selected as the award’s finalists. These finalists will be released on Wednesday, May 31, just prior to the beginning of NCAA regional play.
From the list of finalists, the NCBWA’s All-America Committee will select a winner. The 2nd annual winner will be announced on Wednesday, June 7, two days prior to the beginning of NCAA super regional action.
2006 NCBWA STOPPER OF THE YEAR MID-SEASON WATCH LIST
Pitcher School Cl. Hometown Tyler Addison Niagara Sr. Toccoa, Ga.Daniel Best Southern Miss Sr. Ruston, La.Andrew Carignan North Carolina So. Norwich, Conn.Elliott Cribby Washington So. Redmond, Wash.Don Czyz Kansas Sr. Overland Park, Kan.Milan Dinga Army Jr. Tampa, Fla.Blair Erickson UC Irvine Jr. Fair Oaks, Calif.Josh Fields Georgia So. Hull, Ga.D. Fisherbaugh Hawaii Jr. Novato, Calif.Tim Gudex (L) Iowa Sr. Appleton, Wisc.Kevin Gunderson Oregon State Jr. Portland, Ore.Ryan Hefner (L) Navy Sr. Creve Couer, Ill.Ben Hunter Wake Forest So. Cincinnati, OhioBrett Jensen Nebraska Sr. Eagle Grove, IowaJosh McLaughlin CofC Jr. Wichita, Kan.Darren O'Day Florida Sr. Jacksonville, Fla.Chris Perez Miami, Fla. Jr. Holmes Beach, Fla.Vinnie Pestano Cal St. Full. Jr. Anaheim Hills, Calif.Dominic Petracca Cen. Florida Sr. Sanford, Fla.Joe Roberts Toledo Jr. Ottawa Lake, Mich.Rocky Roquet Cal Poly Sr. Cayucos, Calif.Robert Ryan Marist Jr. Roslindale, Mass.Link Saunders The Citadel Jr. Irmo, S.C.Joe Smith Wright State Jr. Cincinnati, OhioDamon Sublett Wichita State So. Wichita, Kan.Luke Tucker Florida State Jr. Niceville, Fla.Andrew Urena Mercer Sr. Puerto RicoGarrett White (L) Mississippi Jr. Round Rock, Tex.Matt Whitmore Illinois Sr. Evansville, Ind.Zechry Zinicola Arizona State Jr. San Bernardino, Calif