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John Olerud Award finalists announced
Love, Sequeira, McKay are top two-way players


LUBBOCK, Texas -- Three players who each led their team to outstanding seasons and berths in the NCAA tournament are the finalists for the 2015 John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award, presented by the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.

A pair of seniors, left-handed pitcher and outfielder Reid Love of East Carolina and left-handed pitcher and infielder Anthony Sequeira of Oral Roberts, and a freshman, left-handed pitcher and first baseman Brendan McKay of Louisville, are this year's finalists. Each player's team qualified for the NCAA tournament, and McKay helped lead the Cardinals to the super regionals this past weekend.

"These three players exemplify what the John Olerud Award is all about, excelling not only at multiple positions but being a player their teammates can count on to lead the way," Olerud Award co-chairman George Watson said. "All three have had outstanding seasons in leading their teams to the postseason and distinguishing themselves among the best players in the country."

The Olerud 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.

Of the three finalists, Sequeira had the top batting average and power numbers, hitting .341 with 11 home runs and 58 RBIs in 56 games while compiling a .583 slugging percentage and .423 on-base percentage. On the mound, Sequeira was 1-1 with a 1.38 ERA and 11 saves in 32 2/3 innings for the Golden Eagles.

McKay was the top mound performer of the three finalists, going 9-3 with a 1.77 ERA and 117 strikeouts in 96 2/3 innings and helping the Cardinals capture the Louisville regional before taking on Cal State Fullerton in the super regionals. At the plate, McKay finished with a .308 average, four home runs and 34 RBIs in 61 games.

Love helped the Pirates put together a stellar season under first-year coach Cliff Godwin. He went 7-3 on the mound with a 2.84 ERA and 77 strikeouts to just 10 walks in 88 2/3 innings. Offensively he hit .287 with three home runs and 20 RBIs in 48 games. He was selected in the 10th round, No. 313 overall, by the Baltimore Orioles in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

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


JOHN OLERUD TWO-WAY PLAYER OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

Name

School

Conference

Reid Love

East Carolina

AAC

Brendan McKay

Louisville

ACC

Anthony Sequeira

Oral Roberts

Summit

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