April 23, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- University of Michigan sophomore Jacob Cronenworth (St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair) has been named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Mid-Season Stopper of the Year watch list, the organization announced today (Wednesday, April 23). The Stopper of the Year Award is given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball.
Cronenworth, who also was selected to the initial watch list in February, is one of 50 relief pitchers across the country on the mid-season update. He sports a 2-2 record with a 1.96 earned-run average and eight saves for the Maize and Blue in 2014. Cronenworth has 19 strikeouts in 18.1 innings pitched and earned victories against Notre Dame (March 1) and Iowa (March 29). He had four strikeouts in appearances against the Fighting Irish on March 1 and vs. Florida Gulf Coast (March 4). In his most-recent appearance on April 18 against Purdue, Cronenworth earned the save and had a strikeout in an inning's work.
Nominations for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award were made by baseball sports information/media relations contacts. 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.
Cronenworth is one of two Big Ten relievers on the mid-season list, joining Nebraska's Zach Hirsch.
Contact: Kent Reichert