TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2012
Anderson named to NCBWA Preseason Stopper of the Year Watch list
Sophomore Chris Anderson posted 11 saves as a freshman in 2011.
Sophomore Chris Anderson posted 11 saves as a freshman in 2011.
Sophomore right-handed pitcher Chris Anderson is getting some early national attention by being named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Preseason Stopper of the Year watch list on Wednesday.

Anderson is the second straight Dolphin closer to get on the list after JU all-time saves leader Chris Kaminski made his way there last season.

“This is a great honor for Chris and our program,” JU associate head coach/pitching coach Tim Montez said. “Chris came a long way last year making the transition from being a starter in high school to being a closer at the Division I level. He was a huge part of our program having the year he did last season. He was a workhorse for us and we look forward to seeing him compete again at the highest level. He is a quality young man, both on and off the field, and we are glad he is a Dolphin!”

In 2011, Anderson was forced to move to the closer role after injuries plagued the pitching staff, but proved one of the top closers in the conference by ranking second with 11 saves. He also was the workhorse of staff by setting a program single-season record with 36 appearances. Anderson finished third on the JU staff with a 4-2 record while ranking second with a .229 opponent batting average.

For his efforts, he earned freshman All-America team honors from the NCBWA and Collegiate Baseball. Anderson also received A-Sun second team all-conference and all-freshman accolades. He was named A-Sun Pitcher of the Year on April 11, 2011 following two games and winning the third in the Dolphins’ sweep at Mercer.

Anderson and the Dolphins kick off the 2012 season with a three-game series at Southern California starting Feb. 17.