April 23, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Baylor baseball closer Josh Michalec was one of 50 players named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) mid-season Stopper of the Year watch list, the association announced Wednesday.
The right-hander from Houston is one of three Big 12 players on the 10th annual list as he leads the league in saves (15) and entered the week ranked third in the nation. Michalec is the first BU hurler to be on the list since Max Garner started the 2013 season on the pre-season watch list.
Michalec picked up his 15th save of the season and career last night in a win over Texas State. He is now 15-for-16 in save chances after converting his first 11 attempts and has closed out 15 of Baylor's 19 wins with eight of the saves coming in multi-inning efforts. He's tied with Zane Carlson (2000) for first place on Baylor's single-season saves list and tied for sixth on the Big 12 single-season saves list with Carlson and Huston Street (Texas, 2003).
Overall on the season, Michalec is 0-3 with a 1.95 ERA and 15 saves in 20 appearances as he's allowed nine runs (six earned) on 17 hits and 13 walks with 17 strikeouts in 27.2 innings while holding hitters to a .179 batting average.
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.