Nick Sandlin Tallies Fifth Preseason Honor
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Southern Miss junior right-handed pitcher Nick Sandlin (Evans, Ga.) tallied his fifth preseason honor as the NCBWA named him to the 2018 Stopper of the Year preseason watch list.
The Stopper of the Year award is given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division 1 baseball. Sandlin is the only Conference USA representation of the 52-player watch list. Sandlin has been tabbed on this watch list for all three seasons with Southern Miss.
Early last week, Sandlin and teammate Matt Wallner were also named as preseason first-team All-Americans by the NCBWA. The Golden Eagles tied with TCU for the most nominations with two apiece.
Sandlin was also named the preseason Pitcher of the Year. Sandlin posted a 10-2 record with eight saves and a 2.38 earned run average for the Golden Eagles last season. Sandlin fanned 80 and walked just 29 in 56 2/3 innings of work, as he appeared in 29 games. He and former teammate Kirk McCarty shared the top spot in C-USA for wins in 2017 and his 20 career saves places him sixth and 10 behind the all-time record holder at the school.
Along with his recognition for his on-field efforts, Sandlin was named to the C-USA All-Academic Team for his 4.0 GPA while majoring in construction engineering technology, garnered a third-team CoSIDA Academic All-American nod and collected three All-America accolades last summer, including one first team honor.
Sandlin’s collected three All-America accolades last summer, being named first team by Perfect Game/Rawlings and second team by both Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA.