Wake Forest Diamond Deacon Brian Holmes has been named to the initial Pitcher of the Year list presented by the College Baseball Hall of Fame, while closer Michael Dimock has been named to the initial Stopper Watch List. The lists were released earlier today and can be found on a variety of websites, most notably College Baseball Daily.
Holmes, a junior lefty from Lawrenceville Ga., boasts a 6-1 record to go along with a 2.54 ERA. He is one of six players from the ACC named to the list. Each of the six players are from the Big Four schools in North Carolina, including three North Carolina Tar Heel pitchers. Holmes' stellar season is most notably highlighted by a no-hitter which he threw on March 4th to go along with 10 strikeouts.
Dimock, a senior from Greensboro N.C. has 10 saves on the year, good for third in the ACC. Dimock also has a 2-2 record on the season with a 4.13 ERA. Dimock emerged as the Deacon closer last year and has been a critical part of the Deacon bullpen which is much improved from just one year ago.
The Diamond Deacons will return to action this weekend when they take on the Boston College Eagles in Chestnut Hill. With a 5-2 victory last night over the Winthrop Eagles, the Deacons' record sits at 26-16 (9-12 in the ACC). Recent projections have Wake Forest squarely on the 2/3 seed line for the regional round of the NCAA Tournament. The Deacs have three conference series remaining against Boston College, Miami, and the season-ending series against Clemson.