Hunley Named to NCBWA Midseason Stopper of the Year Watch List

Vols RHP Sean Hunley / Credit: UT Athletics

GREENEVILLE, N.C. – Tennessee senior reliever Sean Hunley was named to the Midseason Stopper of the Year Watch List on Wednesday by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

Hunley was one of eight pitchers from the SEC named to the 65-man list, which led all conferences.

The NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award, now in its 16th season,  is presented annually to the top relief pitcher in college baseball. The NCBWA will announce the finalists on Wednesday, June 9 with the winner being named on Saturday, June 19 at the 2021 College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.

Hunley enters this week’s series against Kentucky tied for third nationally and second in the SEC with seven victories this season. The Mount Juliet, Tennessee, native is also tied for the team lead with four saves on the year.

In his SEC-leading 21 appearances, Hunley has posted a 2.98 ERA, which is the second lowest on the team among pitchers who have thrown 15 or more innings. The senior right hander is also third on the team in strikeouts with 47 and has allowed just nine walks while holding opposing hitters to a .206 batting average in 42.1 innings of work. Hunley was named the SEC Co-Pitcher of the Week on March 29 after earning two wins and a save in UT’s series sweep of LSU.

To see the complete midseason watch list, visit the NCBWA’s website by clicking HERE.

-UT Athletics