Pepperdine's Eric Karch Named to Stopper of the Year Watch List
April 23, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association released its mid-season watch list for the 2014 Stopper of the Year Award today and Pepperdine’s Eric Karch was named to the list.
The Stopper of the Year Award is given annually to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball. Karch (Fresno, Calif./Clovis West HS) is one of 50 players nationally and one of three WCC pitchers to be named to the list.
The Waves’ senior closer is fifth in the nation with 11 saves on the year and currently boasts a 0.82 ERA in 22.0 innings pitched. Karch has made 19 appearances this season, compiling 17 strikeouts and a 3-0 record, while allowing opponents to hit only .147 against him.
Six of his WCC-best 11 saves have come in one-run ballgames and in six of his appearances he has recorded multiple strikeouts. No other player on the Waves roster has recorded a save this season. Karch has anchored a bullpen that has led Pepperdine to a 25-0 record when leading after the sixth inning this year.
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.