Cotton nominated for Stopper of the Year Award

Bill Franques
LSU's Chris Cotton. Photo by

LSU senior left-hander Chris Cotton is one of 51 players that have been named to the mid-season watch list for the ninth annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball.

Cotton, a product of Shreveport, is 2-0 this season with a 1.71 ERA and eight saves. He has worked 26.1 innings, allowing five earned runs on 21 hits with two walks and 30 strikeouts.

National saves leader Tyler Rogers, a senior from Austin Peay, Oregon junior Jimmie Sherfy, a 2012 Stopper of the Year Award finalist and Cal State Fullerton junior Michael Lorenzen are other top relievers appearing on the list with six weeks remaining in the regular season.

The Southeastern Conference leads the way with eight players each on this year's mid-season list, while the Atlantic Coast, Pacific 12, Ohio Valley and Southern Conferences have four pitchers each on the list.

At the conclusion of the regular season, the Division I national saves leader and four other relief pitching standouts will be selected as finalists and released Wednesday, June 5, prior to start of NCAA Super Regional tournament competition.

The NCBWA's All-America Committee will select the winner, with this year's recipient to be announced during the 2013 College World Series.