Clemson, SC -
Senior righthander Scott Firth (Buffalo Grove, IL) was one of 75 players named to the NCBWA Stopper-of-the-Year Watch List on Friday. The award is given to the top relief pitcher in the nation. The ninth-annual winner will be announced in Omaha, NE on June 15.
As Clemson's best pitcher in 2012, he was 4-0 with a team-high three saves and a team-best 2.09 ERA in 51.2 innings pitched over 24 relief appearances. His 2.09 ERA was the best by a Tiger (given a minimum of 40 innings pitched) since 1998, while he also had a .229 opponents' batting average. After the season, Firth, an All-ACC Academic team member, was drafted in the 32nd round by the Philadelphia Phillies, but opted to return to Clemson for his senior season.
In his three-year career, Firth has an 11-2 record and a 2.81 ERA in 134.1 innings pitched over 56 appearances (11 starts).
Firth, who is one of four team co-captains for the 2013 season, joins John Gorman (Boston College), Clark Labitan (Virginia Tech), and A.J. Salcines (Miami (FL)) as watch list members from the ACC.