Wooten Breaks Manatees' Saves Record

Manatees' Closer is 15 for 15 in Save Opportunities

Rob Wooten has not allowed a run in his last 16 appearances. (Dennis Greenblatt)

By Tyler Stover / Brevard County Manatees | May 26, 2009 6:09 AM ET

(Viera, FL) Rob Wooten etched his name into the Brevard County Manatees' history books on Saturday night, picking up his 15th save of the season to set the team's all-time record. He pitched a perfect ninth inning in Brevard County's 4-3 win over Dunedin to earn the save. Doug Pettit and Tim McClaskey previously held the record, with 14 saves each in 1994 and 2001, respectively. Wooten has built a huge lead in the FSL saves race, with his nearest competitors far behind with only seven saves.

This season, Wooten has allowed just one earned run in 19.0 innings for a sparkling 0.47 ERA. He has racked up 26 strikeouts and limited opposing batters to a miniscule .186 batting average. He has not been scored upon in his last 16 appearances, dating back to April 15. After picking up a loss and two no-decisions in his first three outings, Wooten has recorded a save in each of his last 15 appearances.

Wooten, 23, was selected by Milwaukee with the 398th pick in the 13th round of the 2008 draft. He is a resident of Goldsboro, NC, and attended the University of North Carolina. Earlier this season, he was named the FSL Pitcher of the Week for May 4-10.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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