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John Olerud Award finalists announced
Brown, Howard, Reed are top two-way players


LUBBOCK, Texas -- The National College Baseball Hall of Fame's John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award watch list has been narrowed to three players. This year's finalists are Aaron Brown of Pepperdine, Nick Howard of Virginia and A.J. Reed of Kentucky.

The award, named for the Washington State star who achieved success as both a first baseman and a left-handed pitcher, will be presented as part of the annual College Baseball Hall of Fame's Night of Champions on June 28 in Lubbock, Texas.

"These three players have contributed to their teams both at the plate and on the mound," said Chris Curbo, Olerud Award chairman. "They were valuable components of teams that made great postseason runs, and they all put up impressive numbers. Any of the three will be a great representative of this award."

Brown, the third-round pick of the Philadelphia Phillies, was 13-1 with a 1.95 ERA. At the plate, he led the Waves with 49 RBIs and finished with a .314 batting average. He was named West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year.

Howard, a third-team All-American, batted .261 with a home run and 20 RBIs this season. The Cavaliers closer also fashioned a 2.05 ERA, a 2-1 record and a school-record 19 saves in 28 games. He was drafted 19th overall by the Reds in the MLB First-Year Player Draft.

Reed, the 2014 Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Year, led the nation with 23 home runs and batted .336 with 73 RBIs. On the mound he led the Southeastern Confernce with 12 wins, finishing with a 12-2 record and a 2.09 ERA. He was a second-round draft pick of the Houston Astros.

The Night of Champions event also features the announcement of the winners of the National Pitcher of the Year and Brooks Wallace Award, as well as the 2014 National College Baseball Hall of Fame inductions. The winners of the Johnny Bench Award and the Dick Howser Trophy also will be recognized.

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

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