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Olerud Award Watch List narrowed to 21
Candidates must have at least 20 innings pitched or six saves

 

 

LUBBOCK, Texas -- The John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award has been narrowed to 21 semifinalists spanning all corners of the country and conferences large and small.

A total of 21 players made the first cut for the award, which includes players from power conferences such as the Pac-12 Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference, Southeastern Conference and the Big 12 Conference, as well as small schools like Austin Peay, Alabama A&M, Akron and St. Bonaventure.

"There were so many quality candidates from the initial watch list that paring it down to just this many was extremely difficult," Olerud award co-chair George Watson said. "I would imagine there is going to be a great deal of debate just getting the list down further to our finalists, much less to the actual winner."

The award is named for the former Washington State University standout who achieved success both as a first baseman and left-handed pitcher during the late 1980s and who was inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007. The award will be presented as part of the hall of Fame's Night of Champions celebration June 28-29 in Lubbock.

One of the leading candidates for the award is a freshman, Brendan McKay from Louisville. The left-handed pitcher and first baseman is hitting .323 in 48 games with two home runs and 28 RBIs. On the mound he is 8-1 with a 1.65 ERA in 16 appearances (nine starts) and has 88 strikeouts and just 28 walks in 71 innings.

In terms of pitching, Elliot Ashbeck of Bradley leads in victories, compiling a 10-3 record in 13 starts, while Robert Tasin of Oklahoma is 8-2 with a 2.16 ERA and 51 strikeouts. Among pitchers with 10 or more starts, Brandon Gold from Georgia Tech leads with a 2.77 ERA, while Kenny Koplove of Duke has 11 saves and a 1.99 ERA in 19 appearances.

Offensively, Bobby Dalbec of Arizona and Cole Hallum of Campbell continue to hammer the baseball. Dalbec is hitting .333 with 14 home runs and 48 RBIs, while Hallum is hitting .304 with 12 homers and 41 RBIs.

To make the list of semifinalists, candidates must have at least 20 innings pitched or no fewer than six saves.

For more information on the Olerud Award or the College Baseball Hall of Fame's Night of Champions, visit www.collegebaseballhall.org.


JOHN OLERUD TWO-WAY PLAYER OF THE YEAR WATCH LIST

Name

Class

School

Conference

Elliot Ashbeck

Jr.

Bradley

Missouri Valley

Trenton Brooks

So.

Nevada

Mountain West

Bobby Dalbec

So.

Arizona

Pac-12

Kevin Doherty

Jr.

Virginia

ACC

Brandon Gold

So.

Georgia Tech

ACC

Cole Hallum

Jr.

Campbell

Big South

Anthony Herrera

So.

Louisiana-Monroe

Sun Belt

Thad Johnson

Jr.

St. Bonaventure

Atlantic 10

Jake Kalish

Sr.

George Mason

Atlantic 10

Kenny Koplove

Jr.

Duke

ACC

Matt LaRocca

Sr.

Akron

Mid-American

Adam Lau

Jr.

Alabama-Birmingham

Conference USA

Andrew Lee

Jr.

Tennessee

SEC

Reid Love

Sr.

East Carolina

AAC

Brendan McKay

Fr.

Louisville

ACC

Tyler Peyton

Jr.

Iowa

Big Ten

Alex Robles

So.

Austin Peay

Ohio Valley

Anthony Sequeira

Sr.

Oral Roberts

Summit

Robert Tasin

Sr.

Oklahoma

Big 12

Sean Watkins

Fr.

Loyola-Marymount

West Coast

Andrew Utterbeck

Sr.

Alabama A&M

SWAC

       

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