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2018 Olerud Award semifinalists announced
Candidates must have at least 20 innings pitched or six saves

 

 

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Going into the final week of the 2018 collegiate baseball regular season, the race to win the 2018 John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award is getting tighter every day.

Players representing conferences large and small, all of whom are vying for a berth in the NCAA tournament, make up the list of Olerud Award semifinalists, led by a pair of seniors who have their teams surging toward the postseason.

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 by the College Baseball Foundation later this summer.

Perhaps one of the hottest teams right now is Stetson, which at 40 wins has surged to a No. 7 RPI and a No. 13 ranking while claiming the Atlantic Sun regular-season title. Helping pace the Hatters is senior Brooks Wilson.

Wilson has been outstanding on the mound, compiling a 5-0 record and 1.76 ERA with a whopping 19 saves in 28 appearances. At the plate, Wilson is hitting .275 in 43 games with three home runs and 20 RBI.

Another red-hot team at the moment is Duke, which has surged to a top-10 ranking while pushing North Carolina for the Coastal Division title in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Senior Jack Labosky is a key reason for that push.

Labosky is 2-0 on the year with a miniscule 0.30 ERA. In 29.2 innings he has racked up nine saves and 21 strikeouts with only four walks while teams are hitting just .186 against him. He has allowed just one earned run all season. At the plate, Labosky is hitting .237 with six home runs and 33 RBI.

There are also players putting up impressive offensive numbers as well.

Junior Tanner Dodson has the Cal Bears fighting for a top spot in the Pac-12 and an at-large berth in the NCAA with his plate prowess. He is hitting .325 with 64 hits, a home run and 25 RBI. From the bump, Dodson is 2-0 with a 2.09 ERA in 38.2 innings, walking just seven and striking out 33.

Junior Tristin English leads Georgia Tech in the ACC with tremendous power numbers, hitting five home runs with 53 RBI to go with 15 doubles and a .298 average. On the mound, English is 2-3 with a 4.40 ERA and has allowed 23 runs and 11 walks in 47 innings.

Clayton Andrews, a junior at Long Beach State, leads the group of semifinalists with 100 strikeouts while compiling a 2.37 ERA. At the plate he is hitting .301 with five triples and 26 RBI.

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

Nick Anderson

Sr.

UC-Irvine

Big West

Clayton Andrews

Jr.

Long Beach State

Big West

Teddy Cillis

Sr.

Hofstra

Colonial Athletic

Tanner Dodson

Jr.

California

Pac-12

Tristin English

Soph.

Georgia Tech

ACC

Jack Labosky

Sr.

Duke

ACC

Aaron Schunk

Soph.

Georgia

SEC

Brooks Wilson

Sr.

Stetson

Atlantic Sun

Braden Zarbnisky

Jr.

West Virginia

Big 12

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