Stanford's Bubic, Little named to NCBWA All-American team

Stanford's Kris Bubic was named third team All-American by the NCBWA. Photo by Bob Drebin/

Stanford junior left-handed pitcher Kris Bubic was named third-team All-America by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association on Wednesday. He joins closer Jack Little, who was named to the first team.

Bubic, out of Mitty High in San Jose, was named All-Pac-12 and an ABCA All-West Region after posting an 8-1 record and 2.62 earned-run average in 86.0 innings.

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He led the team with 101 strikeouts, holding opposing hitters to a .199 average.

A member of the Golden Spikes midseason watch list, Bubic was picked 40th overall in the Competitive Balance Round-A by the Kansas City Royals in the recent Major League First-Year Player Draft.

Little (3-0, 0.60, 16 saves) is also a finalist for the NCBWA's Stopper of the Year. The winner will be announced Saturday in Omaha as will the Coach of the Year.

The sophomore is joined on the finalist list by Stetson senior Brooks Wilson, Jacksonville freshman Chris Mauloni, Florida junior Michael Byrne and Ohio State senior Seth Kinker.

Little was also named first-team All-America by D1 Baseball and Perfect Game on Wednesday.

Little tied for third in the NCAA in saves and led the Pac-12, tying Colton Hock (2017) for the single-season program record.

In 45 1/3 innings across 25 relief appearances, Little allowed an .167 opposing batting average. Surrendering just 38 base runners, he struck out 58 while issuing eight walks.

Ten of Little's saves were 1 2/3 innings or more, while five were three or more.

Little adds to his collection of postseason honors after earning first-team All-America honors from Baseball America, an All-Pac-12 selection and NCBWA's District 9 Player of the Year.

Stanford ranks second in Division I in ERA (2.83) and third in WHIP (1.14). The Cardinal's 23 saves tied a program record, with its .793 winning percentage ranking second all-time.

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