Junior closer Stefan Lopez has been named one of five finalist for National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award. Lopez, the nation's saves leader, set the SLU and Southland Conference single season saves record with 20 saves this season to go along with a 0.61 ERA. The New Iberia native, LA native recorded 42 strike outs with only five walks allowed over 29.1 innings. His 30 career saves ranks as the most in SLC History, as he was named the 2012 SLC Relief Pitcher of the Year and Louisville Slugger All-American.
Joining Lopez on the list is Robert Benincasa of Florida State, Michael Morin of North Carolina, Robbie Powell of Stetson and Jimmie Sherfy of Oregon. The NCBWA's All-America Committee will select the winner, with this year's recipient to be announced Friday, June 15 at the beginning of the 2012 College World Series.
2012 NCBWA Stopper of the Year Finalist