COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo -- Senior closer Eric Nedeljkovic was among the 51 players named to the mid-season watch list for the ninth annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball.
Nedeljkovic, tied for the Atlantic Coast Conference lead with nine saves this season, has been dominant out of the bullpen. In 19 appearances spanning 20.2 innings, Nedeljkovic has allowed just two earned runs, good for a miniscule ERA of 0.87.
The Folsom, Calif., who boasts a 2-1 individual record, has struck out 24 batters compared to only two walks, and has allowed just fourteen hits on the season. Opponents are hitting a measly .187 against the righthander in 2013.
Nedeljkovic, who transferred to Miami after two seasons at Sierra College, was a key contributor in his first season as a Hurricane in 2012. He split late-season closer duties with AJ Salcines, and finished third on the team with four saves, recording a 1.78 ERA for the season.
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.