April 21, 2006
Tallahassee, FL – Florida State closer Luke Tucker was one of 30 players named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association’s (NCBWA) mid-season Stopper of the Year Award watch list. The Seminole junior has eight saves and a 2.20 ERA. He follows in the footsteps of FSU starter Tyler Chambliss who was also a nominee for the inaugural award last season.
Tucker, a junior college transfer, took over Chambliss’ closer role this season and has been nothing short of phenomenal. Teams are batting just .123 off the Niceville, FL naïve and he ranks fourth in the ACC for saves. The right-hander has given up just eight hits in over 16 innings of work and he has now gone 11 straight appearances without allowing a run. He has fanned 48% of the batters he has faced this season and despite never pitching more than an inning, Tucker has struck out two or more batters in six of his last eight appearances.
Nominations were made by each school’s baseball sports information contact. A mid-season release, including the national saves leaders, will be updated during the week of April 17. At the end the regular season, the Division I leader in saves and four other relief pitching standouts will be selected as the award’s finalists. These finalists will be released on Wednesday, May 31, just prior to the beginning of NCAA regional play.
From the list of finalists, the NCBWA’s All-America Committee will select a winner. The 2nd annual winner will be announced on Wednesday, June 7, two days prior to the beginning of NCAA super regional action