Richard on Top Closer Watch List

Junior righthander Steve Richard was one of 30 players named to the NCBWA Stopper-of-the-Year Award Watch List on Monday.

The Billerica, MA native, who transferred to Clemson in the offseason after starring for two seasons at Maine, is one of five ACC hurlers on the list.

He made 26 starts and five relief appearances during the 2004 and 2005 seasons, amassing a 13-3 record and 2.49 ERA in 170.0 innings pitched. He is slated for the closer role for the Tigers in 2006, and is rated as the fifth-best newcomer in the ACC by Baseball America. Top Stories