TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State’s Robby Coles was one of 51 players named to the mid-season watch list for the ninth annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, presented to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball.
Coles has been outstanding out of the bullpen for the Seminoles in 2013 as the junior right hander is a perfect 8-for-8 in save situations with a 2-1 record and a 1.14 ERA. The Crawfordville, Fla., native ranks second on the team and tied for sixth in the ACC with 20 appearances. He also sits third in the league in saves.
Coles has given up just three earned runs in 23.2 innings allowing 14 hits and nine walks while striking out 29. He is holding opponents to a .161 average as only two of the 14 hits allowed have gone for extra bases. Coles has recorded at least one strikeout in 16 of his 20 appearances while posting a career-high five strikeouts twice in 2013.
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 5, prior to start of NCAA Super Regional tournament competition.
The NCBWA's All-America Committee will select the winner, with this year's recipient to be announced during the 2013 College World Series.
Coles becomes the second straight Seminole to be named to Stopper of the Year Award watch list as Robert Benincasa was a finalist for the award in 2012. Last year, Benincasa emerged as one of college baseball’s top closers finishing the season with a 4-2 record, 16 saves and a 1.32 ERA in 32 appearances.