April 20, 2007
Washington's Nick Hagadone is one of 40 players who have made the midseason watch list for the Stopper of the Year Award, given annually by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). The honor is bestowed on the nation's top college relief pitcher.
Hagadone, a junior left-hander from Sumner, Wash. (Sumner HS), is 4-1 this season with a 1.94 earned run average and six saves. In 41 and two-thirds innings, he has allowed 37 hits while walking only 11 and striking out 43. His ERA is the third-lowest in the Pac-10 Conference.
Hagadone is one of four pitchers from the Pac-10 Conference to make the list, alongside Matt Gorgen (California), Paul Koss (USC) and Daniel Schlereth (Arizona). Along with those four, only two others on the list come from West coast schools: UC Irvine's Blair Erickson and Pepperdine's Jason Dominguez.
The NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award, in its third year of existence, will be presented on June 6.