KOCH NAMED A FINALIST FOR STOPPER OF THE YEAR
Dallas Baptist junior closer, Brandon Koch, has been named as one of five finalists for the 11th annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, as announced by the NCBWA on Wednesday. Koch is one of two pitchers from the Missouri Valley Conference, joining Bryan Young of Missouri State, to be considered for the award which honors the nation’s top relief specialist. Koch also joins David Berg of UCLA, Tyler Jay of Illinois, and Ryan Meisinger of Radford as one of the final five pitchers recognized on the distinguished list of college closers.
Koch, who was also named a Louisville Slugger All-American and First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference selection this year, posted remarkable numbers as a junior in 2015. In 26 appearances this year, Koch went 3-2 and his 14 saves is currently tied for the fourth most saves in the nation. The 14 saves also falls two saves shy of the school’s single-season record and his 23 career saves is just two shy of tying Chris Haney for DBU’s all-time career saves record.
In 43 innings on the mound, the Patriots’ closer struck out 76 batters and broke his own school record that he set last year for strikeouts per-nine innings, as he fanned 15.91 batters per-nine in 2015. Koch also held opponents to a mere .160 batting average this year.
The NCBWA’s All-America Committee will select this year’s winner, with the recipient of the 2015 Stopper of the Year of the award announced on Saturday, June 13, at a news conference at TD Ameritrade Park at 10 a.m. (CST).