April 20, 2005
Dallas, TX – Seminole sophomore Tyler Chambliss was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association’s Stopper of the Year watch list Wednesday. The Florida State closer is tied for the national lead with 11 saves and is already on the Roger Clemens Award watch list.
“The midseason watch list represents the best relief pitchers in the nation,” said Mike Montoro, NCBWA President. “It takes a unique mentality and makeup to be a great relief pitcher. The reliever enters the game many times with the outcome on the line and their ability to handle the pressure associated with that role is what defines their importance to their teams.
“As the college game has developed over the years and teams are utilizing their bullpens more now than ever before, the role of the relief pitcher has become as important to the team’s success as any other phase of the game. There are awards given each year to the top hitter, top player and top pitcher of the year, the time has come to honor these unsung heroes on the diamond, and we are excited to honor the top relief pitcher in the nation.”
Chambliss leads the Seminoles in ERA at 1.74 and has five wins to go along with his 11 saves. Opponents are batting just .171 of the FSU ace reliever. He has 49 strike outs this season and has walked just 14 batters. He has already set career highs for wins and saves. Chambliss’ 11 saves already ties him for the third most saves by a Seminole in a single season in team history.
Chambliss is one of four ACC players on the revised watch list that consists of 35 players. Fifteen conferences are represented on the list but none has more than the ACC’s four players. The list will be trimmed to five finalists June 1 and the winner will be announced June 8, two days before the beginning of Super Regionals.
Florida State’s closer and the rest of his teammates will head to Miami Thursday as they prepare for the first ever ACC series with the University of Miami. The Hurricanes are ranked as high as fifth and are coming off an impressive series win over North Carolina. The Seminoles enter the weekend off a big win of their own upsetting No. 5 Florida 4-2 Tuesday night.
All three games in the series will be broadcast live by Sun Sports and can be seen locally on cable channel 28. Game Tracker will also be available for all three games along with Steve Melewski’s radio broadcast on WFLA or over the Internet exclusively at seminoles.com.