Charleston’s Privette selected as Cork of the Year Finalist
DALAS— Charleston sophomore William Privette made history Wednesday afternoon by becoming the first player in the program and in CAA history to be selected as a finalist for the National’s prestigious Stopper of the Year award. Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Privette is one of 10 relievers named finalists for the NCAA Baseball Division I Top Relief Pitcher Award.
The accolades keep pouring in for Privette with the lanky right-hander already winning college baseball Second-Team All-America and CAA Pitcher of the Year honored. Privette rode a record-breaking campaign in 2022, finishing the season as the only pitcher in the program and in CAA history to post an ERA under 1.00. The Chapin, SC native currently leads the nation in ERA (0.91), hits allowed per nine innings (4.70) and WHIP (0.78) and is tied for 10e with a CAA-best 12 stops.
Privette played a vital role in the Cougars’ run to their second CAA regular season title in program history this season, recording the team’s third-most innings while leading the staff by a miniscule average at the .148 stick against. The 6-foot-6 right-hander has worked at least two full innings in 19 of his 25 appearances this season with 10 of his 12 saves in outings spanning at least two frames. Privette struck out 80 batters in 59.1 innings and averaged over 12Ks per nine frames.
The recipient of the Stopper of the Year will be announced at a press conference on Friday, June 17 at Charles Schwab Field Omaha.