TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Sacramento State sophomore pitcher Sutter McLoughlin is one of fifty players that have been named to the initial watch list for the 10th annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Stopper of the Year Award, given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball, as announced by the association on Tuesday.
McLoughlin, who shattered the program single-season save record with 17 saves last season, is one of just 17 student-athletes on the 2014 preseason watch list that tallied at least 12 saves a season ago. He is also one of just nine nominees that earned NCBA preseason All-American honors, as he was named a third-team selection in December.
A graduate of Rio Americano high school in Sacramento, McLoughlin was named a first team Freshman All-American by the NCBWA while also earning national honors from Louisville Slugger last season. He was also a first team all-WAC selection in 2013 after breaking the single-season program record and leading the WAC with 17 saves. He led all WAC relievers with five or more appearances with a 2.11 season era, posting a .196 opponent batting average and allowing just nine earned runs with 26 strikeouts in 38.1 innings pitched.
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 21, 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 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. McLoughlin and the Hornets open the 2014 season at 2 p.m. Friday in the first of a four game home series vs. Utah.