Feb. 6, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State junior right-hander Tony Wieber has been named to the Stopper of the Year Award Preseason Watch List, as announced by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association of America. The award has been given annually since 2005 to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball.
Wieber, a third-team All-Big Ten selection as a relief pitcher in 2011, led the team and ranked fourth in the Big Ten with eight saves last season; that total tied for third most in an MSU single-season. He also compiled a perfect 5-0 record with a 3.64 ERA and struck out 38 batters in 42.0 innings. In addition, Wieber ranked second on the team with 23 appearances.
Through two seasons, Wieber owns a 9-0 record on the mound and his nine career saves already rank sixth in MSU history. Wieber also plays outfield for the Spartans; he batted .288 with 12 doubles and 21 RBIs in 2011.
The Michigan State baseball team opens up the 2012 campaign next Friday, Feb. 17 vs. No. 11 St. John's at 4 p.m. in Dunedin, Fla., in the Big Ten/Big East Challenge.