Pope Named Quarterfinalist for National Pitcher of the Year Award

May 6, 2011

ATLANTA – Georgia Tech junior pitcher Mark Pope has been named a quarterfinalist for the 2011 Pitcher of the Year Award, the College Baseball Hall of Fame announced Friday. The list features 25 of the nation’s finest Division I pitchers.

Pope, who was named to the Watch List for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award earlier in the week, holds a 9-2 record and a 1.25 ERA heading into Saturday’s non-conference start against Illinois-Chicago.

The Marietta, Ga. native leads the conference in innings pitched (86.1), complete games (5) and shutouts (3). His nine wins are tied for the most in the ACC, while his ERA is the second lowest and the 10th best in the nation.

Pope has four career complete game shutouts, a Georgia Tech modern day record.

“The process of shrinking the list of top pitchers to 25 is never easy,” said Justin Knowles, Pitcher of the Year committee co-chair.

College baseball’s version of the Cy Young Award, the Pitcher of the Year Award will be presented in Lubbock, Texas, on July 3 as part of the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions.

There are 11 different conferences represented on the watch list, with the Big 12 and the SEC each having six representatives.

PITCHER OF THE YEAR AWARD WATCH LIST

Name School Conference

Sean Gilmartin Florida State ACC

Mark Pope Georgia Tech ACC

Danny Hultzen Virginia ACC

Will Roberts Virginia ACC

Nick Tropeano Stony Brook America East

Kurt Schluter Stetson Atlantic Sun

Justin Amlung Louisville Big East

Nick Ramirez Cal State Fullerton Big West

James Allen Kansas State Big 12

Michael Rocha Oklahoma Big 12

Cory Knebel Texas Big 12

Taylor Jungmann Texas Big 12

Ross Stripling Texas A&M Big 12

John Neely Texas Tech Big 12

Kyle Winkler TCU Mountain West

Sam Gaviglio Oregon State PAC-10

Trevor Bauer UCLA PAC-10

Hudson Randall Florida SEC

Michael Palazzone Georgia SEC

Michael Roth South Carolina SEC

Grayson Garvin Vanderbilt SEC

Navery Moore Vanderbilt SEC

Sonny Gray Vanderbilt SEC

Tyler Ray Troy Sun Belt

Greg Gonzalez Fresno State WAC

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