Matt Price Drafted & Named Finalist For Stopper Of The Year
June 7, 2011
Columbia, S.C. - South Carolina sophomore right-hander Matt Price has been selected in sixth round of the 2011 MLB Draft. Price was the No. 184 overall pick in the draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. He is the second current Gamecock player to be selected in this year's draft. In addition, Price has been named a finalist for the 2011 NCBWA Stopper of the Year award.
Price, an All-SEC selection and also a semifinalist for the Howser Award, owns a 5-3 record and 17 saves for the 2011 season with a 2.25 ERA. This is the second straight year Price has earned all-conference accolades, as he was a second-team choice as a freshman in 2010. Price has struck out 63 batters in 48.0 innings and opponents are hitting only .202 against him.
This year's finalists include Price, Kyle McMillen of Kent State and Bo Reeder of East Tennessee State, along with Branden Kline of Virginia and Corey Knebel of Texas.
More than 50 of the nation's top collegiate relief pitchers were included in the selection process for this year's NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award, beginning with initial preseason nominations by baseball contacts at NCAA Division I schools.
The NCBWA's All-America Committee will select the winner, with this year's recipient to be announced Tuesday, June 21, during the 2011 College World Series.
Texas hurler J. Brent Cox won the inaugural Stopper of the Year Award in 2005, with Don Czyz of Kansas claiming the honor in 2006, Luke Prihoda of Sam Houston State winning it in 2007, Georgia's Joshua Fields topping the field in 2008, San Diego State's Addison Reed winning it in 2009 and Texas' Chance Ruffin grabbing the honor last season.
PRICE'S CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
2010 - Freshman All-America selection by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball ... Earned second-team All-SEC honors and named to SEC All-Freshman Team ... Picked up win 2-1 victory over UCLA that clinched the national championship; hurled 2.2 scoreless innings of relief with just one hit and one walk allowed and struck out three batters (6/29) ... Earned victory in 4-3 win over Clemson at College World Series that sent Gamecocks to national championship series (6/26); allowed one run on three hits in 2.1 innings with three strikeouts ... Three no-hit innings of relief in 3-2 win over Oklahoma at the College World Series with five strikeouts (6/24) ... Hurled 1.2 scoreless innings of relief with four strikeouts in 11-4 win over Arizona State at College World Series (6/22) ... One perfect inning of relief to earn a save with a strikeout in 10-9 win over Coastal Carolina in NCAA Super Regional (6/13) ... Two scoreless innings of relief to earn a save in 4-3 win over Coastal Carolina in NCAA Super Regional (6/12) ... Earned a save with 1.2 scoreless innings of relief and two strikeouts in 9-4 win over The Citadel in NCAA Regional (6/5) ... Quality outing out of bullpen despite a loss in 3-1 defeat vs. Auburn at SEC Tournament (5/27); allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits in 3.1 innings with five strikeouts ... Closed out 11-6 win vs. Florida with 2.2 innings of work allowing one run on three hits with three strikeouts and two walks (5/22) ... Earned a save with a perfect 1.1 innings of relief in 5-3 win at Arkansas (5/16) ... Earned a save with 1.1 scoreless innings of relief with a pair of strikeouts in 3-2 win at Arkansas (5/14) ... Picked up a save with 1.1 scoreless innings of relief with three strikeouts in 13-9 win at Kentucky (5/7) ... Key relief performance in 20-15 win over Alabama (5/2); allowed three runs on four hits with four strikeouts in 2.2 innings of work ... 1.1 perfect innings of relief with three strikeouts in 5-4 loss to Ole MIss (4/18) ... 0.1 scoreless inning of relief with a walk and a strikeout in 9-5 win over Ole Miss (4/18) ... Pitched two perfect innings of relief with three strikeouts in 2-0 win at Vanderbilt (4/11) ... Pitched 0.2 perfect innings of relief with a strikeout in 3-2 win at Vanderbilt (4/9) ... Strong relief performance to earn win vs. Mississippi State (4/4); pitched five scoreless innings and allowed just two hits while striking out six batters in 14-2 victory (4/4) ... Hurled a perfect inning of relief and struck out the side in 10-1 win over The Citadel (3/30) ... Pitched 1.1 perfect innings of relief with a pair of strikeouts in 2-0 win at Auburn to earn save (3/27) ... Pitched two perfect innings of relief with three strikeouts and earned first career save in 4-0 win vs. Tennessee (3/21) ... One scoreless inning of relief with two strikeouts in 8-4 win over Brown (3/13) ... PIcked up second win of the season with four scoreless innings of relief with just one hit and one walk allowed and a career-high eight strikeouts in 7-3 victory over Valparaiso (3/10) ... Earned win with one inning of relief with two srikeouts and one run allowed on two hits in 7-5 victory over Clemson (3/6) ... Pitched one scoreless inning of relief in 15-0 win over Presbyterian (3/3) .... Hurled one inning of relief and allowed one run on two hits with two strikeouts and a walk in 10-3 win over Duquesne (2/19).
2009 - Received a medical redshirt after sustaining a fractured right wrist at The Citadel on a fielding play that resulted in missing the rest of the season (3/31) ... Career-high seven scoreless innings of relief with four strikeouts in 2-1 win over Georgia Southern (3/25) ... Two scoreless innings of relief with three strikeouts in 6-0 win vs. Davidson (3/17) ... Three scoreless innings of relief allowing just three hits in 13-3 win vs. Old Dominion (3/10) ... Earned first career win after 2.2 innings of relief, allowed just one run on two hits with three strikeouts in 7-5 victory over Long Beach State (3/7) ... Pitched one inning of scoreless relief with one strikeout in 6-0 win vs. Duquesne (2/23) ... 2009 SEC Academic Honor Roll member.