COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State junior right-hander Trace Dempsey has been named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award watch list, the association announced Tuesday. The award is given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball.
The NCBWA and Louisville Slugger preseason All-American garnered multiple All-America laurels a season ago and after he went 3-0 with a 1.02 ERA and 17 saves in 31 appearances. Dempsey, a first team All-Big Ten selection from Huntington, W.Va., struck out 28 and allowed opponents to hit .180 in 35.1 innings pitched. His 17 saves were the most in the Big Ten and finished one shy of tying Jake Hale’s Big Ten and Ohio State record of 18 set in 2009. Dempsey went 30.1 innings without allowing an earned run between Feb. 17 and May 17.
The Buckeyes open the 2014 campaign against Connecticut at 5 p.m. Friday in Port Charlotte, Fla.
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