Kyle McMillen A Finalist For Nation?s Top Stopper Award

Updated 6/14/2011

Story courtesy of Kent State Athletic Communications

KENT, Ohio
-- After being drafted by the Chicago White Sox, right-handed closer Kyle McMillen (North Canton, Ohio) continues to gain national recognition for his record-breaking 2011 campaign.

McMillen, who was selected in the fourth round (141st overall) by the White Sox last week, has been named a finalist for the seventh annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the YearAward.

The right-handed closer finished the season tied for the NCAA lead in saves with 18, while compiling a 1-2 record and a 1.80 earned run average en route to earning third team All-America honors. 

McMillen's 18 saves set the Kent State and Mid-American Conference record for most saves in a season after allowing just 18 hits in2011 and striking out 31 opponents in 30.0 innings.

After appearing in 20 games during his 2009 freshman season, McMillen became an integral part of the Golden Flashes' lineup in 2010.  He appeared in 51 games with 48 starts while finishing the season with a .354 average, six home runs and 46 runs batted in.

The right-hander recorded four saves in 2010 before becoming the Flashes' primary closer for the 2011 season.

McMillen joins fellow NCAA saves leader Bo Reeder of East Tennessee State as finalists for the Stopper of the Year Award, along with Branden Kline of Virginia, Corey Knebel of Texas and Matt Price of South Carolina.

The 2011 First Team All-MAC pick finishes his career with 22 saves, which is tied for third-most in school history.

More than 50 of the nation's top collegiate relief pitchers were included in the selection process of the award, and the NCBWA's All-American Committee will announce this year's winner on Tuesday, June 21, during the 2011 College World Series.