Henzman is National Stopper of the Year

Howie Lindsey, Publisher
Cardinal Sports

The Fraternity of Cardinal Closers is a tough nut to crack. Lincoln Henzman is the latest to achieve national stardom.

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Henzman came into the ninth inning and shut down Texas A&M for three quick outs to advance Louisville to the Winner's Bracket in Omaha for the first time in school history. That performance is nothing new for the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year.

The All-America first-team honoree has a 1.77 ERA with 36 strikeouts in 35.2 innings this season. Henzman has a 3-0 record and had 13 saves against ACC teams this season.

Henzman is the second Louisville closer to win the National Stopper of the Year award, joining former Cardinal Nick Burdi (2014) on that prestigious list.

Cardinal Closers

Season

Closer

Saves, ERA

Ks, IP

Pro Level Achieved

2017

Lincoln Henzman*

16, 1.72 ERA

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2016

Zack Burdi

11, 3.30 ERA

47, 30.0

AAA

2015

Zack Burdi

9, 0.92 ERA

30, 29.1

AAA

2014

Nick Burdi*

18, 0.49 ERA

65, 37.0

AA

2013

Nick Burdi

16, 0.76 ERA

62, 35.2

AA

2012

Derek Self+

7, 3.41 ERA

23, 31.2

AAA

2011

Tony Zych

13, 3.00 ERA

30, 30.0

Seattle Mariners

2010

Neil Holland

17, 2.08 ERA

59, 56.1

AAA

2009

Gabe Shaw+

3, 3.73 ERA

47, 50.2

Ind.

2008

B.J. Rosenberg

9, 4.80 ERA

62, 54.1

Philadelphia Phillies

2007

Trystan Magnuson

9, 1.77 ERA

59, 61.0

Oakland As

* - Denotes National Stopper of the Year Award Winner, + - Denotes years when Louisville split its Closer duties, player listed had the most saves that season

Trystan Magnuson (2007) and Tony Zych (2011) have pitched in the Majors, Magnuson with the Toronto Blue Jays and Zych with the Seattle Mariners. Zach Burdi was with the AAA Charlotte Knights,

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