Dec. 10, 2007
Cassavechia, who has served as Baylor's closer each of the past two seasons, was 6-2 with 11 saves and a 3.12 ERA last season. He established a single-season school record for strikeouts in relief with 72 against only 20 walks in 52.0 innings of work. Cassavechia tied for second in the Big 12 Conference and 23rd nationally in saves last season. His 2007 saves total is tied for fifth-best nationally among returning players.
A product of St. Mark's High School in
The Watch List will be trimmed to 12 semifinalists in late May 2008. The selection committee, comprised of coaches, sports information and media relations contacts, former winners and media, will narrow the list ot three finalists following the NCAA Super Regionals. The winner will be announced at a banquet in
Past winners are Kurt Suzuki (catcher, Cal State Fullerton, 2004), Alex Gordon (third baseman,
Baylor opens its 2008 season Feb. 22-24, hosting Purdue for a three-game series at Baylor Ballpark.