GREENVILLE, N.C. – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association announced its five finalists for the 14th Annual NCBWA National Stopper of the Year award, Tuesday, and Jacksonville's Chris Mauloni was included.
The freshman closer was the only member of his class named to the list, and was selected along with Stetson senior Brooks Wilson, Ohio State senior Seth Kinker, Florida junior Michael Byrne and Stanford sophomore Jack Little.
Named a Third-Team All-American and Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, the Oakleaf high school product capped off one of the best relief pitching performances in program history, leading the nation in saves with 20. The mark gave the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder both the single-season and career saves records at Jacksonville, and puts both him and Wilson in a tie for the ASUN Conference single-season record, which was extended this year by the two.
Aside from his unprecedented saves mark, Mauloni finished the year with a 3-2 record in 29 appearances. In 33.1 innings on the mound, he held a 2.97 ERA, totaling 48 strikeouts.
The winner of the 2018 edition of the award, which is given annually to the nation's top collegiate closer, will be announced Saturday, June 16, at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., the site of the 2018 College World Series, at 11 a.m. EST.
Mauloni was named a semifinalist for the award back on April 26.