The 2011 University of Kentucky men's baseball team. Photo by Chet White
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky sophomore right-hander Trevor Gott has been named to the midseason watch list for the eighth annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, given to the top reliever in college baseball, it was announced by the NCBWA on Thursday afternoon.
A native of Lexington, Ky., Gott is one of the top 45 relievers in college baseball named to the midseason watch list. Already sitting in a tie for the most single-season saves in UK baseball history, Gott has eight saves in 15 relief outings. The Tates Creek product has tossed 13.1 innings, allowing only eight hits and four walks, striking out 21 and holding hitters to a .167 average.
The 2011 Cape Cod League Reliever of the Year, Gott has a 1-0 record and a 1.35 ERA, converting eight of his nine save chances. He has the most saves in a season since Paul Morse in 1992, with his next save giving Gott sole possession of the school record. In his two-year career, Gott owns 10 saves, the seventh-most saves in UK career history.
Gott is one of eight Southeastern Conference relievers on the list, including San Diego’s Michael Wagner, who leads the nation with 18 saves. Gott is the first UK reliever to appear on the midseason NCBWA Stopper of the Year list since Matt Little got off to a hot start in non-league action as UK’s closer in 2010.