April 24, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State’s Robby Coles was one of 51 players named to the mid-season watch list for the ninth annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, presented to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball.
Coles has been outstanding out of the bullpen for the Seminoles in 2013 as the junior right hander is a perfect 8-for-8 in save situations with a 2-1 record and a 1.14 ERA. The Crawfordville, Fla., native ranks second on the team and tied for sixth in the ACC with 20 appearances. He also sits third in the league in saves.
Coles has given up just three earned runs in 23.2 innings allowing 14 hits and nine walks while striking out 29. He is holding opponents to a .161 average as only two of the 14 hits allowed have gone for extra bases. Coles has recorded at least one strikeout in 16 of his 20 appearances while posting a career-high five strikeouts twice in 2013.
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 5, prior to start of NCAA Super Regional tournament competition.
The NCBWA’s All-America Committee will select the winner, with this year’s recipient to be announced during the 2013 College World Series.
Coles becomes the second straight Seminole to be named to Stopper of the Year Award watch list as Robert Benincasa was a finalist for the award in 2012. Last year, Benincasa emerged as one of college baseball’s top closers finishing the season with a 4-2 record, 16 saves and a 1.32 ERA in 32 appearances.
2013 NCBWA Stopper of the Year Mid-Season Watch List
Pitcher School Yr.
Hugh Adams, Florida Atlantic, Sr.
Kyle Bartsch, South Alabama, Sr.
David Berg, UCLA, So.
Robby Coles, Florida State, Jr.
Ryan Connolly, Coastal Carolina, Sr.
Chris Cotton, LSU, Sr.
Kyle Crockett, Virginia, Jr.
Jordan Dailey, Bethune-Cookman, Sr.
Josh Davis, Belmont, Sr.
Trace Dempsey, Ohio State, So.
Bubba Derby, San Diego State, Fr.
Jacob Dorris, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, So.
Jacob Evans, Oklahoma, Fr.
Eric Eck, Wofford, Jr.
Michael Fain, Nevada, Fr.
Trevor Frank, UC Riverside, Sr.
Ian Gibaut, Tulane, Fr.
Ronnie Glenn, Penn, So.
Trevor Gott, Kentucky, Jr.
Gavin Guarrera, NC Central, Sr.
Preston Hatcher, Western Carolina, Sr.
Matt Hicks, Louisiana-Lafayette, Jr.
Dylan Hills, Southeastern Louisiana, Jr.
Jonathan Holder, Mississippi State, So.
Brett Huber, Mississippi, Sr.
Skylar Hunter, The Citadel, Fr.
Andrew Istler, Duke, So.
Jason Jester, Texas A&M, Jr.
Corey Knebel, Texas, Jr.
Zech Lemond, Rice, So.
Michael Lorenzen, Cal State Fullerton, Jr.
Seth Lucio, Tennessee Tech, So.
Johnny Magliozzi, Florida, So.
Zach Mawson, Rider, So.
Sutter McLoughlin, Sacramento State, Fr.
Brian Miller, Vanderbilt, So.
Eric Nedeljkovic, Miami (Fla.), Sr.
Jordan Piché, Kansas, Jr.
Reed Reilly, Cal Poly, So.
Tyler Rogers, Austin Peay, Sr.
Scott Schultz, Oregon State, Jr.
Jimmie Sherfy, Oregon, Jr.
Dan Slania, Notre Dame, Jr.
Travis Stout, Jacksonville State, So.
Michael Swanner, Pepperdine, Jr.
Ryan Thompson, Campbell, Jr.
Mathew Troupe, Arizona, So.
Jonathan Van Eaton, Memphis, Jr.
Tyler Webb, South Carolina, Sr.
Eric Yardley, Seattle, Sr.
Nate Young, Elon, Sr.