WICHITA, Kan. – Oregon closer Jimmie Sherfy was named one of five finalists for the eighth annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, the NCBWA announced Tuesday.
This year's finalists also include NCAA saves leader Stefan Lopez of Southeastern Louisiana, along with Robert Benincasa of Florida State, Michael Morin of North Carolina and Robbie Powell of Stetson.
Sherfy has helped Oregon advance to Super Regionals this season and earned Louisville Slugger third team All-America honors, while also being voted to the Pac-12 All-Conference Team. In 58 and 1/3 innings of work, he is 5-2 and owns a 2.16 ERA with 18 saves (fourth nation) and 87 strikeouts. Opponents are hitting .176 off the native of Camarillo, Calif., while he is averaging 13.4 strikeouts per nine innings.
Sherfy has also been chosen to compete on the 2012 Collegiate National Team.
The 6-foot right-hander was also named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week after striking out 13 in relief on Feb. 18, tossing five and 2/3 shutout innings at Hawai’i as the Ducks prevailed 3-2. During a nine-game win streak from May 6-23, Sherfy tossed 11 and 2/3 shutout innings in seven appearances, earning five saves and one victory while fanning 21 batters.
This season, he has inherited 26 runners, allowing six to score.
More than 90 of the nation's top collegiate relief pitchers were included in the selection process for this year's NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award, beginning with initial preseason nominations by baseball contacts at NCAA Division I schools.
The NCBWA's All-America Committee will select the winner, with this year's recipient to be announced Friday, June 15 at the beginning of the 2012 College World Series.
Texas hurler J. Brent Cox won the inaugural Stopper of the Year Award in 2005, with Don Czyz of Kansas claiming the honor in 2006, Luke Prihoda of Sam Houston State winning it in 2007, Georgia’s Joshua Fields topping the field in 2008, San Diego State’s Addison Reed taking it in 2009, Texas’ Chance Ruffin grabbing the honor in 2010 and Texas’ Corey Knebel winning it last season.
The NCBWA, founded in 1962, presents the Dick Howser Trophy to the nation's top player. It also selects All-America Teams for all Divisions, a Division I Freshman All-American team, Division I and III Players of the Week, Division I District Players of the Year and Division II and III Players of the Year.
For more information on the NCBWA Stopper of the Year, contact Tami Cutler at Wichita State at 316-978-5559 or Russ Anderson at Conference USA at 214-774-1300.