June 5, 2012
WICHITA, Kan. – Florida State’s Robert Benincasa was named one of five finalists for the Stopper of the Year as announced by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association on Tuesday, June 5.
Benincasa has thrived in his role as the Seminole closer in 2012 and has emerged as one of the top closers in the nation. The junior right hander is having a career year posting a 4-1 record with 15 saves and a 1.29 ERA in 29 appearances.
The Tampa, Fla., native has allowed just seven runs, five earned, in 35.0 innings of work. He has given up just 21 hits and is holding opponents to a .167 batting average. Benincasa has posted a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 9.6 as he has tallied 48 strikeouts to just five walks on the year.
Benincasa, who has been named a first team All-ACC honoree, a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and a third team All-American by Collegiate Baseball, has converted 15 of 18 save situations this season as he ranks second in the ACC and ninth nationally in saves.
His 15 saves are tied for the second most in a single-season at Florida State and tied for the eighth most on the career saves list.
Joining Benincasa as Stopper of the Year finalists are Stefan Lopez of Southeastern Louisiana, Michael Morin of North Carolina, Robbie Powell of Stetson and Jimmie Sherfy of Oregon.
More than 90 of the nation’s top collegiate relief pitchers were included in the selection process for this year’s NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award, beginning with initial preseason nominations by baseball contacts at NCAA Division I schools.
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.
Texas hurler J. Brent Cox won the inaugural Stopper of the Year Award in 2005, with Don Czyz of Kansas claiming the honor in 2006, Luke Prihoda of Sam Houston State winning it in 2007, Georgia’s Joshua Fields topping the field in 2008, San Diego State’s Addison Reed taking it in 2009, Texas’ Chance Ruffin grabbing the honor in 2010 and Texas’ Corey Knebel winning it last season.