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Feb. 23, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State sophomore pitcher Trey Fausnaugh is one of 30 players who have been named to the initial watch list for the inaugural National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, the association announced Wednesday. The award will be given annually to the top relief pitcher in Division I.

Fausnaugh, a 2004 Third Team All-Big Ten selection from Circleville, Ohio (Westfall), led the conference with 32 appearances, all in relief. He also led the league with nine saves and was second in the conference with 18 games finished. Fausnaugh’s nine saves and 32 appearances equaled the third most in a season by an Ohio State pitcher. He finished 2-1 with a 3.50 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 46.1 innings.

Nominations were made by each school’s baseball sports information contact. A mid-season release, updating the national saves leaders, will be updated the week of April 18. 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 first finalists. These finalists will be released on Wednesday, June 1, 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 first annual winner will be announced on Wednesday, June 8, two days prior to the beginning of NCAA super regional action.

For the complete NCBWA Stopper of the Year 2005 watch list, please visit NCBWA.com.