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Former Centennial star Brennan projected as OVC Pitcher of the Year

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Collegiate Baseball Newspaper announced this week that junior relief pitcher Kyle Brennan of Franklin is it's Projected Ohio Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year.

Brennan, who prepped at Centennial High School, is currently tied for the 10th most career saves (eighth-most in NCAA era) in program history with 11, finishing the year with 59 strikeouts and a 3.44 ERA in 55.0 innings of work. The former Cougar standout finished the season last year with nine saves, good for the ninth-most in a single season in program history.

"I think it's a tremendous honor for Kyle to receive this recognition," Belmont head coach Dave Jarvis said in a release. "He's very well deserving of this honor based on the numbers that he put up last year and the tremendous success he had in the bullpen for us in high-pressure situations."

The right-handed reliever earned OVC Pitcher of the Week honors on April 22 last season following three saves and seven strikeouts on April 18-20 and earned a spot on the All-OVC Freshman Team in the previous season. In addition to his accomplishments on the field, the Business Administration major earned OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll for the 2018-19 academic year.

Belmont was tabbed third in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Preseason Poll, with sophomore pitcher Joshua South and junior catcher Jackson Campbell also earning spots on the Players to Watch list.

Brennan and the Bruins have opening day on Feb. 14 at Rose Park at 4 p.m., facing Kansas in the first of a three-game series. The Belmont junior was a three-time All-District player at Centennial.

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