Seven League Hurlers Named to Pitcher of the Year Watch List
Courtesy: Big12Sports.com
          Release: 04/25/2012
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Seven Big 12 pitchers have been named to the initial Pitcher of the Year Watch List, presented by the College Baseball Hall of Fame. The league's seven players are the second-most among all conferences.

Trent Blank (Baylor), Josh Turley (Baylor), Andrew Heaney (Oklahoma State), Corey Knebel (Texas), Rafael Pineda (Texas A&M), Ross Stripling (Texas A&M) and Duke von Schamann (Texas Tech) represent the Big 12 among the 51 players on the list.

Blank entered the week tied for the national lead in wins with nine and has won 11 straight decisions dating back to his last two decisions in 2011. He leads the Big 12 in wins and is fifth in ERA with a 2.18 mark, while also ranking fourth in opponent batting average, limiting hitters to a .202 clip on the season.

Turley has the third-most wins in the league at 6-0 and is third in ERA with a 1.94 mark. He has started 10 games on the season for the Bears.

Heaney ranks second in the nation with 94 strikeouts, 21 more than the next best Big 12 pitcher in that category. The junior has tossed two shutouts and three complete games on the season. He sports a 5-1 record and a 2.02 ERA.

Knebel, a sophomore, currently ranks tied for ninth on the Big 12 all-time career saves list. The 2011 NCBWA Stopper of the Year and National Freshman Pitcher of the Year has tallied eight saves this season. He also has a 2-2 record, 1.27 ERA and has fanned 45 batters over 42.2 innings pitched.

Stripling and Pineda make up two-thirds of Texas A&M's weekend rotation. Pineda is 5-1 on the year with a 2.87 ERA, while Stripling is 6-2 with a 2.65 ERA. Stripling is currently ranked seventh on the Big 12 career wins list and is 14 strikeouts shy of entering the top 10 career strikeouts list. He also has seven career complete games, including three on the season.

von Schamann is 5-3 with a 1.84 ERA with three complete games in 73.1 innings pitched this season. He has 53 strikeouts and only eight walks, limiting opponents to a .218 batting average.

The winner of the Pitcher of the Year Award will be announced on June 30 in Lubbock, Texas, as part of the annual College Baseball Night of Champions. The event features the presentation of numerous awards and the induction ceremony for this year's Hall of Fame class.

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