BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (NCBWA) – Forty-five relief pitchers are included on the midseason watch list for the fifth annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, the association announced Thursday. The award is given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I college baseball.
After yesterday's 1-0 victory over Purdue, in which Hale collected his 8th save of the year, Jake now has a statline that includes a 1.26 ERA, 8 saves, 36 strikeouts in 28.2 innings pitched. Hale has allowed just 19 hits, only three being of exra bases (all doubles), limiting opponents to a .183 batting average off of the senior righty. Hale has appeared in 22 of Ohio State's 35 games, closing out 21 of them. Both statistics lead the Big Ten.