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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia junior pitcher Kevin Arico (Flemington, N.J.) has been named one of five finalists for the 2010 Stopper of the Year Award, which is presented by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association to the top closer in the country.

Arico is currently tied for the national lead this season with 16 saves, which is a single-season school record at Virginia. A First-Team All-ACC honoree in 2010, Arico is 1-1 with a 2.93 earned run average. In 27.2 innings pitched, he has recorded 38 strikeouts and seven walks.

Arico currently ranks second in Virginia history with 27 saves. That total also ranks eighth in ACC history.

The NCBWA’s All-America Committee will select the winner of the Stopper of the Year Award, with the 2010 recipient to be announced on June 19, the opening day of the College World Series.

2010 Stopper of the Year Finalists
Kevin Arico, Virginia
Chris Dennis, Portland
Neil Holland, Louisville
Chance Ruffin, Texas
Jordan Swagerty, Arizona State

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