April 19, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State’s Robert Benincasa has emerged as one of the top closers in the nation this year with 10 saves and an ERA of 0.79. The Tampa, Fla., native was recognized for his efforts as he was named to the midseason watch list for the 2012 Stopper of the Year Award presented by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
Benincasa is one of 45 student-athletes named to the midseason watch list as the award is given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball. He is one of five relief pitchers on the list from the ACC.
The junior right hander moved into the closer role against FIU in week two of the season and was outstanding working 2.0 scoreless innings while striking out three to pick up the first two saves of his career.
Through 37 games, Benincasa has made 18 appearances and is 3-0 with 10 saves and a 0.79 ERA. He has allowed just three runs, two earned, in 22.2 innings of work. Benincasa has given up 12 hits and is holding opponents to a .152 batting average. The most impressive stat is Benincasa’s strikeout to walk ratio which stands at 6.4. He has tallied 32 strikeouts while issuing just five walks.
Benincasa is 10-for-12 in save situations this year as he is tied for the lead in the ACC and is ranked fifth nationally. Of his 10 saves, six have come in one-run ball games and three in two-run games. Benincasa is a big reason the Seminoles are 9-0 in one-run games in 2012.
At the conclusion of the regular season, the Division I national saves leader and four other relief pitching standouts will be selected as finalists which will be released Wednesday, June 6, prior to the start of the NCAA Super Regional tournament competition.
The NCBWA’s All-America committee will select the winner of the 2012 Stopper of the Year award, with this year’s recipient to be announced during the 2012 College World Series.
2012 NCBWA Midseason Stopper of the Year Watch List
Pitcher, School, YR
R.J. Alvarez, Florida Atlantic, Jr.
Barrett Astin, Arkansas, So.
Jake Barrett, Arizona State, Jr.
Robert Benincasa, Florida State, Jr.
Nick Blount, Tennessee, Jr.
Tony Bryant, Oregon State, Jr.
Tyler Burgess, Missouri State, Fr.
Chase Byerly, Butler, Jr.
J.T. Chargois, Rice, Jr.
Scott Coffman, New Mexico State, Sr.
Blake Dieterich, Georgia, Jr.
Michael Dimock, Wake Forest, Sr.
Matt Duncan, Morehead State, Jr.
Cale Elam, Wichita State, So.
E.J. Encinosa, Miami, Fla., Jr.
Garrett Fanchier, Belmont, Sr.
Matt Gardner, Nevada, Sr.
Mike Gomez, FIU, Jr.
Nick Goody, LSU, Jr.
Trevor Gott, Kentucky, So.
Scott Griggs, UCLA, Jr.
Preston Hatcher, Western Carolina, Jr.
Brett Huber, Ole Miss Jr.
Nathan Hyatt, Appalachian State, Sr.
Owen Jones, Portland, Sr.
Corey Knebel, Texas, So.
Kenny Long, Illinois State, Sr.
Stefan Lopez, Southeastern Louisiana, Jr.
Michael Lorenzen, Cal State Fullerton, So.
Austin Maddox, Florida, Jr.
Mason Marshall, BYU, Fr.
Tanner Merritt, East Carolina, So.
Michael Morin, North Carolina, Jr.
Chris O’Grady, George Mason, Jr.
David Peterson, College of Charleston, Sr.
Robbie Powell, Stetson, Sr.
Dustin Quattrocchi, SIUE, Sr.
Caleb Reed, Mississippi State, Sr.
Joe Rogers, UCF, Jr.
Derek Self, Louisville, Sr.
Jimmie Sherfy, Oregon, So.
Chad Sobotka, USC Upstate, Fr.
Justin Thompson, Virginia, Sr.
Michael Wagner, San Diego, So.
Nick Wittgren, Purdue, Jr.