KINGSTON, R.I. - Rhode Island sophomore Brad Applin has been named to the initial watch list for the 2014 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Stopper of the Year Award, presented annually to the top relief pitcher in Division I baseball.
A 2013 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie selection, Applin posted a perfect 0.00 ERA and held Atlantic 10 hitters to a .133 opposing average over eight conference appearances (15 IP). He allowed just two earned runs over his final 15 relief appearances (23.2 IP) of the season, capping of his rookie year with a 2.25 ERA, two saves and a 1-1 record.
Overall, Applin struck out 24 batters while allowing just five walks and 13 hits over 24.0 innings pitched in 2013.
A native of Malden, Mass., he joins former Rams Gardner Leaver (2011) and Luke Demko (2009) as the only Rhode Island players to be named to the Stopper of the Year Award watch list since its inception in 2005.
In total, 49 other NCAA Division I baseball players were identified on this year's list, including two other Atlantic 10 student-athletes: Saint Louis' Matt Eckelman and George Washington's Craig LeJeune.
The NCBWA's initial list will be updated with a mid-season release the week of April 21. 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 4, prior to start of NCAA Super Regional tournament competition.
The NCBWA's All-America Committee will select the 2014 award winner, which will be announced during the College World Series.