Three HBCU Baseball Pitchers Named to NCBWA 2021 Stopper of the Year Preseason Watch List

On Friday, February 19th, The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) named 45 players to the initial Watch List for the 16th Annual Stopper of the Year Award, which is given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I Baseball.

Three HBCU Baseball players were named to the watch list. Seniors Britt Buckelew of Alabama State, Evan Gates of NC A&T and junior Scott Meylan of NC Central were named college baseball’s top relief pitchers to its midseason watch list for the 16th annual (NCBWA) Stopper of the Year Award. 

Britt Buckelew, RHP, sported a 1.15  earned run average in 5 games for Alabama State University while striking out 14 batters, all in relief during shortened 2020 season. Buckelew finished 1-0 on the season, with one save, logged 15.2 innings and allowed 16 hits. He allowed just three runs, two of which were earned with just two walks.


Evan Gates, RHP, maintained a 2.25 earned run average in 9 appearances recording 26 strikeouts for NCA&T in 2020. Opponents hit .114 against Gates as he went 1-1 with two saves on the season. Ranked third in the MEAC and 35th in the nation in pitching appearances. Posted a career-high nine strikeouts over four innings pitched against Lehigh last year.

Scott Meylan, RHP, had a 2.87 earned run average over nine appearances, and earned one win in 2020. Pitched 15.2 innings, and tied for sixth in the MEAC with a team third-most 24 strikeouts. Worked a season-high 4.0 innings against High Point on Feb. 18 with a season-high seven strikeouts. Recorded six strikeouts in 2.0 innings of work against Niagara on Feb. 22. Made five appearances without allowing an earned run, and four without allowing a hit.

In total, 19 conferences are represented on this list with at least two players coming from 10 different leagues.

Luke Boyd, Baylor Jaden Hill, LSU Jason Ruffcorn, Oklahoma
Kyle Brennan, Belmont Bruce Hudson, Radford Derek Salata, Illinois State
Taylor Broadway, Ole Miss Hayden Juenger, Missouri State Frankie Scalzo, Grand Canyon
Britt Buckelew, Alabama State Brett Kerry, South Carolina Stephen Schoch, Virginia
Jason Crumley, Winthrop Michael Kirian, Louisville Blake Schriever, CSUN
Micah Dallas, Texas Tech Kent Klyman, N.C. State Carson Skipper, Auburn
Brandon Dufault, Northeastern Chase Lee, Alabama Adam Smith, UNCW
Devin Fontenot, LSU Hunter McGarry, FGCU Dalton Smith, Georgia Tech
Evan Gates, North Carolina A&T Connor Manous, Indiana Triston Stivors, Texas State
Stone Churby, Sacramento State C.J. Mayhue, East Carolina Joe Taylor, Nicholls
Geoffrey Gilbert, Clemson Scott Meylan, N.C. Central Michael Townsend, UCLA
Tyler Grauer, Indiana State Kyle Mora, UCLA Zebulon Vermillion, Arkansas
Haylen Green, TCU Carson Palmquist, Miami Redmond Walsh, Tennessee
Brock Guffey, Alabama Spencer Price, Mississippi State Caleb Wurster, UConn
Chase Haney, Florida State Colten Rendon, Winthrop Elliot Zoellner, Maryland
Click here for .pdf version of release with complete player statistics

2021 NCBWA Stopper of the Year key dates:
• Fri., Feb. 19: Preseason Watch List
• Wed., April 28: Midseason Watch List
• Wed., June 9: Stopper of the Year finalists announced
• Sat., June 19: Stopper of the Year winner announced

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