Feb. 19, 2009
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STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford sophomore right-hander Drew Storen is one of 40 players selected to the initial watch list for the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, the organization announced. The award is in its fifth season, and honors the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball.
Storen emerged as one of college baseball's premier closers during a stellar freshman campaign in 2008, going 5-3 with eight saves and a 3.51 ERA (22er, 56.1ip) in a club-high 31 relief outings. He was a first-team freshman All-America selection by Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger, while he earned second-team honors from Rivals.com and third-team accolades from Ping!Baseball. The first-team All-Pac-10 performer was fourth in the league for saves (second among freshmen), while he tied for the seventh-highest single-season save total in Stanford history.
The Brownsburg, Ind. native logged a 3.3:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio during his rookie collegiate season, fanning 50 batters against only 15 walks. He also held opposing batters to a .257 average (53-for-206), including a paltry .229 mark to right-handed hitters (25-for-109). Storen tied for fifth in the Pac-10 for appearances and tied for second by finishing 20 games, while 22 of his 31 outings were at least 1.1 innings.
Following Stanford's 2008 season, Storen served as the closer for the Cotuit Kettleers in the prestigious Cape Cod League. He posted five saves, a 2.76 ERA (5er, 16.1ip) and .200 average against (12-for-60) in 13 relief appearances, with 15 strikeouts against five walks.
Stanford, which is ranked as high as No. 5 in national preseason polls, is scheduled to open its 2009 campaign with four home games this weekend at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond. The Cardinal will host Vanderbilt for single games on Friday, February 20 (5:30 p.m.) and Saturday, February 21 (1:00 p.m.) before welcoming UC Riverside for a Sunday, February 22 doubleheader (12:00 p.m.).