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