GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Rice sophomore Glenn Otto has been named to the initial Watch List for the 12th annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball, the NCBWA announced Monday (Feb. 15).
Otto is one of 70 pitchers from across the nation, and three from Conference USA, to catch the writers’ preseason attention for the national honor. He had a sensational debut season of Division I baseball last year where he made 21 relief appearances as a true freshman. Otto led C-USA in ERA (1.54) and opponents' batting average (.142) for pitchers with at least the same number of innings (41.0). The right-hander from Spring, Texas, also finished 10th in the conference for strikeouts (65), but seven of the nine C-USA pitchers ahead on the strikeout list had twice as many innings as Otto to help build their K total -- with the two exceptions being his own teammates and eventual MLB Draft picks Jordan Stephens (59.2 IP) and Matt Ditman (58.2 IP). He led the Owl staff with an eye-opening 14.3 strikeouts per 9.0 innings, one of the highest single-season averages in Rice history (min. of 41.0 IP).
The Rice baseball team opens the 2016 season with a three-game home series on Feb. 19-21 against national powerhouse Arizona. Friday’s start time vs. the Wildcats is slated for 6 pm at Reckling Park.