Carignan A Finalist For Stopper Award

Junior is one of five up for top relief pitching honor.

Andrew Carignan has converted 13 of 14 save opportunities.

Andrew Carignan has converted 13 of 14 save opportunities.

May 31, 2007

LINCOLN, Neb. - North Carolina's All-America closer Andrew Carignan is among five finalists for the third-annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, the association announced Thursday.

The finalists for the award that will recognize the top relief pitcher in college baseball include Carignan, NCAA saves leader Luke Prihoba from Sam Houston State, Matt German from Northern Illinois, Andy Masten from Creighton and Casey Weathers from Vanderbilt. All but German helped their teams reach the NCAA Championship, which begins Friday at 16 regional sites across the nation.

Carignan - a right-handed junior from Norwich, Conn. - will be in action on Friday, as the Tar Heels (48-12) take on Jacksonville (34-26) in the Chapel Hill Regional. A first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection, Carignan is 1-1 with 13 saves and a 1.20 ERA over 45 innings of work this spring, helping the Tar Heels to a No. 3 National Seed. Carignan allowed just three of 26 inherited runners to score and was named a third-team All-America by Collegiate Baseball earlier in the week.

More than 40 players from around the country were considered for the award. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, June 6, two days prior to the beginning of NCAA Super Regional action.

The NCBWA, founded in 1962, presents the Dick Howser Trophy to the nation's top player. It also selects a Division I All-America Team, Division I and III Players of the Week, Division I District Players of the Year and Division III Players of the Year.

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