Kaminski named to NCBWA Preseason “Stopper of the Year” Watch List
Senior Chris Kaminski has been one of the top closers in the Atlantic Sun Conference since transferring from Weatherford Junior College in 2009, but now he is being regarded as one of the top closers in the nation after being named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Preseason “Stopper of the Year” Watch List.

Kaminski, who has been named second team all-ASun in consecutive seasons, will look to etch his name in the JU career record book in saves, appearances and earned run average. He is currently two saves shy of surpassing Joe Ausanio (16, 1985-88) for the program record.

“We are extremely excited about the nomination for Chris because it is not only a great honor for him but for the entire program,” said JU associate head coach/pitching coach Tim Montez. “Chris is a true team player and has filled any role that we have asked of him since he set foot on campus. Not only can close for us, but he will be considered one of our top three starting pitchers this season.”

Last year, Kaminksi was named to the A-Sun all-preseason team before balancing his duties as a starter and reliever while the Dolphins dealt with injuries to the pitching staff. The most consistent arm on the squad, Kaminski led the Dolphins with a 2.38 ERA, 24 appearances, seven saves and a .236 opponent batting average while also ranking second with 56 strikeouts and third with 68 innings pitched.

As a sophomore, Kaminksi made an immediate impact for the Dolphins by going 5-1 with a 2.70 ERA and a conference-high eight saves. He also registered a .286 opponent batting average and issued only three walks in 33.1 innings of work.

At Weatherford Junior College, Kaminski led the Coyotes to a spot in the regional tournament after finishing the year 6-0 with 3.86 ERA, four saves and 54 strikeouts.

After opening its first full spring practice on Jan. 28, JU is preparing to open the 2011 season with a three-game series at UNC-Wilmington on Feb. 18.