Thirty-five players from around the country have been named to the midseason watch list for the first-ever National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year award. This was announced April 20 by the association. The award will be given annually to the top relief pitcher in Division I.

The midseason list is based on how the relief pitchers have performed so far in this season.

Tyler Chambliss, FSU's top closing pitcher, along with five other pitchers on the list, has 10 saves so far this season. Nearly 60 pitchers were considered for the watch list. Chambliss, a sophomore, was listed in the number-four position on the list.

The midseason list represents 15 conferences. At the end of the season, the Division I leader in saves and four other relief pitching standouts will be selected as the award's first finalists. The list of finalists will be released June 1, just before the beginning of NCAA regional play. The first winner for this award will be announced June 8, two days before the beginning of NCAA super regional action.

Janet Schrader-Seccafico may be reached by calling 1/386/362-1734 ext. 134 or by e-mail at janet.schrader@gaflnews.com.

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