Czyz Named to NCBWA Stopper of the Year Mid-Season Watch List

April 20, 2006


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.


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