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College: Tim Tadlock Wins Skip Bertman Award


Press Release College Baseball Hall of Fame

Texas Tech skipper named National Coach of the Year

LUBBOCK, Texas — The National College Baseball Hall of Fame is proud to announce Texas Tech coach Tim Tadlock as the 2014 Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year.

Tadlock will be honored at the Hall of Fame’s annual Night of Champions celebration on June 28 in Lubbock, Texas.

Picked to finish eighth in the Big 12 preseason poll, Tadlock has the Red Raiders in Omaha with a 45-19 record. In only his second year as head coach, he has led Texas Tech to wins at the Coral Gables NCAA regional and back-to-back 1-0 victories over College of Charleston in the Super Regional.

The 2014 Red Raiders finished the regular season with a record of 40-16, 14 wins better than their 2013 regular-season record of 26-30.

The award, sponsored by Easton-Bell Sports, is named for Bertman, who coached at LSU from 1984 to 2001. During his tenure, he won five national championships and was named National Coach of the Year six times. He coached 31 players who went on to play Major League Baseball and was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class in 2006. Since that time, three of his players have joined him in the Hall of Fame.

For more information on the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions, contact the Hall of Fame at (806) 749-CBF3 or visit www.collegebaseballhall.org.

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College: NCBWA Announces 2014 Division I Preseason All-America Teams


Press Release National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association

FORT WORTH, Texas – With solid representation from defending baseball champion, UCLA,
and 2013 runner-up, Mississippi State, the 14th annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers
Association preseason All-America team premiers the top student-athletes from NCAA Division
I, which opens the season in less than two months – on Feb. 14, 2014.

If the 155th season of intercollegiate baseball is anything like the previous campaign, the 2014
All-America units should shine for weeks leading up and into the NCAA DI World Series in
Omaha, Neb., on June 14-24/25 and with strong-armed pitching in every corner. The Bruins
and Bulldogs, in fact, have five players on all the first two squads, while 2013 NCAA World
Series participants Indiana, Louisville, LSU, North Carolina, NC State, and Oregon State are
represented by a total of 12 standouts on the three teams. In all, there are players from 17
conferences and 35 schools nationwide.

Returning first-team standouts from the post-2013 NCBWA All-America team are power-hitting
Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber (18 home runs for second-most among the honorees) and
four pitchers (two starters, two relievers), who all held opposing hitters under .200 batting
averages.

UCLA righty, 2013 CWS Most Outstanding Player and Team USA standout David Berg leads
this pack with an NCAA-record 24 saves, 7-0 record and an 0.88 ERA. The other three
returning first unit pitchers – Vanderbilt’s Tyler Beede, Mississippi State’s Jonathan Holder and
LSU’s Aaron Nola – were a combined 28-2 on the hill with 315 strikeouts and 21 saves by
Holder.

Joining them on the elite first crew are starters Thomas Eshelman and Justin Garza of Cal
State Fullerton, UC Irvine’s Andrew Morales, and NC State’s Carlos Rodon (A-A-leading 170
strikeouts in 118-plus innings pitched. 2013 postseason second team All-America relief man
Nick Burdi of Louisville brings back 16 saves and an 0.78 ERA to compliment the six first-team
rotation pitchers, who own a composite 69-7 record.

The first squad also has representation from three UC Irvine Anteaters – 1B Connor Spencer,
3B Taylor Sparks and Morales. They all come from the same California high school programs,
which produced 2013 consensus All-America and Dick Howser Trophy winner, Kris Bryant of
the University of San Diego.

The first team chosen by consultation with individual schools’ media relations offices and the
NCBWA All-America committee features returning post-2013 second team All-America
designated hitter Nick Backlund of Mercer and 2013 SEC Freshman of the Year and Brooks
Wallace Award winning SS Alex Bregman of LSU. Utility player Drew Reynolds of East
Carolina adds a .322 batting average and 14 saves in 28 relief appearances.

The pitching-rich second squad boasts another sterling group of moundmen such as Big 12
Conference Pitcher of the Year Harrison Musgrave of West Virginia, Pac-12 Conference
Freshman Pitcher of the Year and 14-game winner Andrew Moore of Oregon State, 12-1
starter Trent Thornton of UNC, and Mississippi State’s Ross Mitchell, who led relief pitchers on
all college levels with 13 wins as a sophomore.

These youngsters also are the core of nominees for the initial ballot for the 28th annual Dick
Howser Trophy, presented by the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Area Chamber of Commerce and voted
upon by the NCBWA membership. The Howser Trophy will be awarded in Omaha, Neb., June
13, 2014, prior to the opening of the 67th annual NCAA World Series.

2014 NCBWA Division I Preseason All-America Team

FIRST TEAM (Statistics Are From 2013 Season)
Pos. Name, School, Class Avg. G AB R H 2B-3B-HR RBIs BB SO SB/SBA
C Kyle Schwarber, Indiana, Jr. .376 58 221 63 83 10-1-18 54 42 30 4/7
1B Connor Spencer, UC Irvine, Sr. .373 55 212 42 79 19-3-0 35 21 21 3/5
2B Ross Kivett, Kansas State, Sr. .360 64 261 57 94 15-4-3 39 29 27 26/36
3B Taylor Sparks, UC Irvine, Jr. .360 55 222 38 80 11-4-10 50 6 40 7/10
SS Alex Bregman, LSU, So. .369 67 282 59 104 18-7-6 52 24 25 16/17
OF Mike Papi, Virginia, Jr. .381 55 176 57 67 15-3-7 57 45 25 6/8
OF Casey Roche, Pittsburgh, Sr. .339 58 233 53 79 12-2-9 65 27 41 10/13
OF DJ Stewart, Florida State, So. .364 60 225 50 82 25-2-5 59 38 40 8/12
DH Nick Backlund, Mercer, Sr. .326 61 242 45 79 22-0-13 68 35 50 0/0
UT Drew Reynolds, East Carolina, Sr. .322 54 211 30 68 13-0-0 22 11 22 5/6
3-0, 2.92 ERA, 28 App, 0 GS, 0 CG, 14 SV, 40.0IP, 35H, 19R, 13ER, 19BB, 36K

Pos. Name School W-L ERA APP GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER BB SO B/Avg.
SP Tyler Beede, Vanderbilt, Jr. 14-1 2.32 17 17 0 0/1 0 101 64 32 26 63 103 .187
SP Thomas Eshelman, Cal St.-Fullerton, So. 12-3 1.48 17 16 2 0 0 115.2 86 26 19 3 83 .204
^SP Justin Garza, Cal St.-Fullerton, So. 12-0 2.03 17 17 0 0 0 115 84 27 26 17 95 .205
^SP Aaron Nola, LSU, Jr. 12-1 1.57 17 17 5 3/2 0 126 83 30 22 18 122 .188
SP Andrew Morales, UC Irvine, Sr. 10-0 1.89 17 13 0 0/4 0 95.1 78 20 20 21 85 .227
SP Carlos Rodon, NC State, Jr. 9-2 3.19 17 17 2 1/1 0 118.1 85 47 42 42 170 .201
^RP David Berg, UCLA, So. 7-0 0.88 46 0 0 0/6 21 71.1 49 7 7 8 73 .194
RP Nick Burdi, Louisville, Jr. 3-3 0.78 28 0 0 0/1 16 34.2 25 4 3 13 61 .197
RP Jonathan Holder, Mississippi State, Jr. 2-0 1.65 34 0 0 0/3 21 54.2 33 15 10 17 90 .153

SECOND TEAM
Pos. Name, School, Class Avg. G AB R H 2B-3B-HR RBIs BB SO SB/SBA
C Mark Zagunis, Virginia Tech, Jr. .341 62 232 62 79 14-3-9 51 32 29 19/24
1B Zach Stephens, Tennessee Tech, Sr. .336 57 229 59 77 17-1-15 71 38 74 0/0
2B Oscar Sanay, CSU Bakersfield, Sr. .362 59 224 48 81 13-6-1 45 25 22 4/6
3B Joey Pankake, South Carolina, Jr. .311 62 238 40 74 9-1-11 42 29 29 7/11
SS Trea Turner, NC State, So. .368 56 228 66 84 13-4-7 42 38 31 30/36
OF Skye Bolt, North Carolina, So. .321 54 212 48 68 14-2-6 51 32 28 10/13
OF Dylan Davis, Oregon State, Jr. .335 63 257 45 86 22-3-5 61 19 35 9/12
OF Brandon Downes, Virginia, Jr. .315 61 253 67 80 20-7-10 59 27 60 6/7
DH Kurt Wertz, Towson, Sr. .338 57 222 43 75 14-7-13 65 31 36 8/13
UT Ashton Perritt, Liberty, Jr. .343 40 172 34 59 7-2-6 17 9 4 18/21
3-2, 2.09 ERA, 22 App, 1 GS, 0 CG, 10SV, 38.2IP, 27H, 11R, 9ER, 13 BB, 37K

Pos. Name School W-L ERA APP GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER BB SO B/Avg.
SP Andrew Moore, Oregon State, So. 14-2 1.79 19 18 3 3/3 1 131 93 33 26 28 72 .207
^SP Harrison Musgrave, West Virginia, Jr. 9-1 2.17 14 14 3 3/2 0 95.1 65 24 23 29 81 .197
SP Bryan Radziewski, Miami, Fla., r-Jr. 9-3 1.78 15 14 2 2/3 0 91 53 24 18 30 109 .175
SP Trent Thornton, North Carolina, So. 12-1 1.37 29 6 0 0/3 8 91.2 69 22 14 19 81 .204
SP Grant Watson, UCLA, Jr. 9-3 3.01 18 17 0 0/2 0 92.2 93 36 31 16 55 .266
RP Trace Dempsey, Ohio State, Jr. 3-0 1.02 31 0 0 0/5 17 35.1 22 6 4 11 28 .180
RP Brian Miller, Vanderbilt, Jr. 5-2 1.58 32 0 0 0/1 16 57 37 13 10 11 48 .180
RP Ross Mitchell, Mississippi State, Jr. 13-0 1.53 34 0 0 0/1 2 94 72 22 16 29 44 .214

THIRD TEAM
Pos. Name, School, Class Avg. G AB R H 2B-3B-HR RBIs BB SO SB/SBA
C Tyler Baker, Wichita State, Jr. .328 65 238 41 78 15-3-4 46 26 39 1/1
1B Michael Katz, William & Mary, Sr. .358 55 212 49 76 23-1-5 47 31 32 3/4
2B Ryan Lindemuth, William & Mary, Sr. .351 63 251 61 88 14-2-4 49 17 20 3/7
3B Kevin Kramer, UCLA, Jr. .278 66 245 41 68 11-2-3 42 30 30 9/18
Chesny Young, Mercer, Jr. .401 61 262 56 105 18-3-4 65 28 25 9/12
SS Aaron Attaway, Western Carolina, Sr..363 59 267 68 97 15-5-12 54 16 34 12/15
OF Garrett Bayliff, Wichita State, Sr. .379 63 240 44 91 9-1-0 39 24 38 11/16
OF Mark Payton, Texas, Sr. .393 50 178 27 70 11-8-0 29 28 23 3/6
OF Chad Carroll. James Madison, Jr. .389 51 193 50 75 14-8-3 55 13 31 21/24
DH Chase Raffield, Georgia State, Sr. .382 52 186 42 71 19-0-19 51 21 23 4/5
UT Clinton Freeman East Tenn. State, Sr..335 60 239 39 80 18-4-10 57 27 36 2/5
7-1, 3.04 ERA, 25 App, 3GS, 0CG, 8SV, 56.1IP, 62H, 20R, 19ER, 15BB, 51K

Pos. Name School W-L ERA APP GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER BB SO B/Avg.
SP Daniel Gossett, Clemson, Jr. 10-4 2.56 16 16 1 1/4 0 98.1 78 40 28 38 91 .213
SP Cole Irvin, Oregon, So. 12-3 2.48 16 16 4 2/0 0 116 105 37 32 22 60 .248
SP Ryan Kellogg, Arizona State, So. 11-1 3.15 16 15 1 1/1 0 103 96 39 36 17 54 .246
SP Preston Morrison, TCU, Jr. 7-3 1.51 15 15 1 0/2 0 107 85 27 18 18 64 .217
SP Luke Weaver, Florida State, Jr. 7-2 2.29 17 15 0 0/1 0 98.1 78 26 25 19 119 .221
RP Zech Lemond, Rice, Jr. 7-2 2.02 32 1 0 0/7 14 75.2 56 19 17 21 71 .207
RP Sutter McLoughlin, Sacramento State, So. 1-3 2.11 28 0 0 0 17 38.1 27 13 9 9 26 .196
RP Ryan Thompson, Campbell, Sr. 9-1 0.88 31 0 0 0 10 71.2 51 9 7 15 57 .201
RP Josh Walker, New Mexico, Sr. 11-1 3.68 29 4 1 1/1 7 78.2 76 37 32 22 55 .258

*-Conference player of the year
^-Conference pitcher of the year

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College: NCBWA Announces Preseason Stopper of the Year Watch List


Press Release National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (NCBWA) — Fifty players have been named to the initial watch list for the 10th annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball, as announced by the association on Tuesday.

UCLA junior David Berg and Mississippi State junior Jonathan Holder headline this year’s list of preseason nominees. Berg was the recipient of the Stopper of the Year Award in 2013 after leading the nation with 24 saves, while guiding the Bruins to their first College World Series title. Berg made 51 appearances during his sophomore campaign, finishing the season with a 7-0 record and a 0.92 ERA with 78 strikeouts in 78.0 innings of work. Holder collected 21 saves and a 2-0 record with a 1.65 ERA in 34 games. The Gulfport, Miss., native finished his sophomore season with 90 strikeouts in 54.2 innings as the Bulldogs finished as the national runner-up.

A total of 17 student-athletes on the 2014 preseason watch list tallied at least 12 saves a season ago. Also joining Berg and Holder on the watch list is Louisville’s Nick Burdi, who concluded the 2013 season with 16 saves and a 3-3 record with a 0.76 ERA in 35.2 innings of work. Berg, Burdi and Holder were all named preseason first team All-Americans in 2014 by the NCBWA.

Other notable nominees are members of the NCBWA preseason All-American second and third teams, including Ohio State’s Trace Dempsey, Vanderbilt’s Brian Miller, Mississippi State’s Ross Mitchell, Rice’s Zech Lemond, Sacramento State’s Sutter McLoughlin and Campbell’s Ryan Thompson.

The Southeastern Conference led the way with six players named to this year’s watch list, while the Big 12 Conference, Big South Conference, Big Ten Conference, Conference USA and Pac 12 Conference all had four pitchers on the list.

Nominations for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award were made by baseball sports information/media relations contacts. The initial list will be updated with a mid-season release the week of April 21, including the national saves leaders. At the conclusion of the regular season, the Division I national saves leader and four other relief pitching standouts will be selected as finalists and released Wednesday, June 4, prior to start of NCAA Super Regional tournament competition.

The NCBWA’s All-America Committee will select the winner, with this year’s recipient to be announced during the 2014 College World Series.

Texas hurler J. Brent Cox won the inaugural Stopper of the Year Award in 2005, with Don Czyz of Kansas claiming the honor in 2006 and Luke Prihoda of Sam Houston State winning it in 2007. Georgia’s Joshua Fields topped the field in 2008, San Diego State’s Addison Reed grabbed the honor in 2009 and Texas’ Chance Ruffin earned the honor in 2010. Knebel won in 2011 with Southeastern Louisiana’s Stefan Lopez picking up the honor in 2012. Berg of UCLA was crowned the winner in 2013.

The NCBWA, founded in 1962, presents the Dick Howser Trophy to the nation’s top player. It also selects All-America Teams for all Divisions, a Division I Freshman All-American team, Division I and III Players of the Week, Division I District Players of the Year and Division III Players of the Year.

2014 NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List

Pitcher School Yr.
Kevin Alexander Florida Atlantic Sr.
Brad Applin Rhode Island So.
David Berg UCLA Jr.
Nick Burdi Louisville Jr.
Ryan Burr Arizona State So.
Garrett Cleavinger Oregon So.
Dylan Cole Georgia Sr.
Jacob Cronenworth Michigan So.
Terrance Dedrick Auburn Sr.
Trace Dempsey Ohio State Jr.
Jacob Dorris Texas A&M-CC Jr.
Trevor Dunlap Washington Sr.
Eric Eck Wofford Sr.
Matt Eckelman Saint Louis So.
Taylor Edens VMI So.
Riley Ferrell TCU So.
Ian Gibaut Tulane So.
Joe Goodman High Point Jr.
Ryan Halstead Indiana Sr.
Dylan Hecht UCSB So.
Jonathan Holder Mississippi State Jr.
Jason Jester Texas A&M Sr.
Mason Klotz Southeastern Louisiana So.
Dimitri Kourtis Mercer Jr.
Karch Kowalczyk Valparaiso Sr.
Craig LeJeune George Washington Sr.
Zech Lemond Rice Jr.
Seth Lucio Tennessee Tech Jr.
David Mahoney Connecticut R-Jr.
Jake Matthys Kansas State So.
Chris McCue North Carolina Jr.
Brendan McCurry Oklahoma State Sr.
Sutter McLoughlin Sacramento State So.
Brian Miller Vanderbilt Jr.
Ross Mitchell Mississippi State R-Jr.
Kevin Mooney Maryland So.
J.D. Moore South Dakota State Jr.
Corbin Olmstead North Florida So.
Lawrence Pardo USF Sr.
Ashton Perritt Liberty Jr.
Jordan Piche Kansas Sr.
Tyler Powell Western Carolina Jr.
Reed Reilly Cal Poly Jr.
Drew Reynolds East Carolina Sr.
Josh Roeder Nebraska Jr. Jason Simms Sam Houston State Sr.
Travis Stout Jacksonville State Jr.
Ryan Thompson Campbell Sr.
Ian Tompkins Western Kentucky Jr.
Kevin Willman Northern Colorado Sr.

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College: Kris Bryant Named 2013 Golden Spikes Award Winner


San Diego slugger honored as nation’s top amateur, edging Tyler Beede and Colin Moran

By USA Baseball

LOS ANGELES — USA Baseball announced Friday the selection of San Diego’s Kris Bryant as the recipient of the 2013 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award. The prestigious award recognizing the nation’s top amateur baseball player, now in its 36th year, was presented by Bob Horner, the first-ever Golden Spikes Award winner, live on MLB Network.

In partnership with Major League Baseball, Major League Baseball Advanced Media and MLB Network, USA Baseball announced the Golden Spikes Award winner live on The Rundown, and the presentation was simulcast on GoldenSpikesAward.comUSABaseball.com and MLB.com.

Tyler Beede (RHP, Vanderbilt) and Colin Moran (INF, North Carolina) were the other finalists for the award. Bryant was selected by the Chicago Cubs with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft, while Moran was selected No. 6 by the Miami Marlins. Beede recently completed his sophomore season for the Commodores and is currently a member of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.

“USA Baseball was delighted with the play across all levels of amateur baseball this year and could not be more proud of the three Golden Spikes Award finalists, Kris Bryant, Tyler Beede and Colin Moran,” said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball executive director/CEO. “Each of the three finalists we celebrate today represented the game of baseball with class both on and off the field this season. In the end, Kris’ season highlighted a fantastic year of amateur baseball, and we are honored to present him with this most prestigious honor.”

Bryant is the first Golden Spikes Award winner and the highest draft pick in San Diego’s history. The Las Vegas native was a consensus first-team All-American, the first Dick Howser Trophy recipient from San Diego and Baseball America’s 2013 College Player of the Year. Bryant crushed a nation’s best 31 home runs, a record in the BBCOR bat era of college baseball. Bryant also led the nation in runs (80), bases on balls (66), total bases (187) and slugging percentage (.820).

Bryant becomes the first infielder to win the Golden Spikes Award since Nebraska’s Alex Gordon won the award in 2005. Bryant is also the first player from the West Coast Conference to win the award.

Following the presentation live on MLB Network, the three finalists will be honored at the Rod Dedeaux Foundation Dinner, hosted at the Jonathan Club. Along with the Golden Spikes Award, Scott Brosius will be honored with the Rod Dedeaux USA Baseball Coach of the Year Award, and Jackie Robinson will be celebrated with the Rod Dedeaux Award.

For the sixth year in a row, fans were able to stay up to date on the award by visiting GoldenSpikesAward.com. The website features content devoted exclusively to the GSA, including news, voting history, past-winner photo galleries and photographs and video highlights of the 2013 finalists.

Since 1978, USA Baseball has honored the top amateur baseball player in the country with the GSA. Following the first-ever presentation of the trophy to Horner of Arizona State, the GSA has been awarded each year to the player who exhibits exceptional athletic ability and exemplary sportsmanship.

The 2012 GSA winner was Mike Zunino of Florida. Past winners of the award include current Major Leaguers such as Bryce Harper (’10), Stephen Strasburg (’09), Buster Posey (’08), David Price (’07), Tim Lincecum (’06), Gordon (’05), Jered Weaver (’04), Rickie Weeks (’03) and Mark Kotsay (’95). Former big league stars that have captured the award include Pat Burrell (’98), Jason Varitek (’94), Robin Ventura (’88), Jim Abbott (’87), Will Clark (’85), Dave Magadan (’83), Terry Francona (’80), Tim Wallach (’79) and Horner (’78).

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College: Alex Bregman Announced as Top National Shortstop


Louisiana State infielder wins 2013 Brooks Wallace Award

Press Release College Baseball Hall of Fame

LUBBOCK, Texas — The College Baseball Hall of Fame is proud to announce Alex Bregman as the 2013 Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year.

The LSU freshman had an impressive .369 batting average with 18 doubles, seven triples, six home runs, 52 RBIs and a .939 fielding percentage during the first season of his college career.

“It is such an honor,” Bregman said. “This is a team award and I have to thank all of my great teammates. To have won this award with all the other great shortstops in the country is truly an honor.”

The award, sponsored by Mizuno, is named for Brooks Wallace, a Texas Tech shortstop from 1977-80 who died at age 27 after a battle with leukemia.

For more information on the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions, contact the Hall of Fame at (806) 749-CBF3 or visit www.collegebaseballhall.org.

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College: Mike Dickson Wins Inaugural Skip Bertman Award


Gloucester County skipper named National Coach of the Year

Press Release College Baseball Hall of Fame

LUBBOCK, Texas — The College Baseball Hall of Fame is proud to announce Gloucester County College coach Mike Dickson as the 2013 Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year.

Dickson coached the team to a National Junior College Athletic Association Division III championship in 2013 and finished the season with a 49-3 overall record and a 15-1 conference record.

He also coached three NJCAA Division III First-Team All-Americans and had a player picked up during the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

“I’m at a loss for words,” Dickson said. “To be mentioned in the same b

reath as Skip Bertman, who was truly a great college baseball coach, it’s a tremendous honor to win this award.”

The award, sponsored by Easton-Bell Sports, is named for Bertman, who coached at LSU from 1984 to 2001. During his tenure, he won five national championships and was named National Coach of the Year six times. He coached 31 players who went on to play Major League Baseball and was inducted into the College Baseball

Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class in 2006. Since that time, three of his players have joined him in the Hall of Fame.

For more information on the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions, contact the Hall of Fame at (806) 749-CBF3 or visit www.collegebaseballhall.org.

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College: Gonzales Named Two-Way Player of the Year


Gonzaga pitcher, first baseman wins John Olerud Award

Press Release College Baseball Hall of Fame

LUBBOCK, Texas — The College Baseball Hall of Fame is proud to announce Marco Gonzales as the 2013 John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year.

The junior pitcher and first baseman at Gonzaga finished the season with a remarkable .311 batting average, seven doubles and 26 RBIs at the plate. In 106 innings on the mound, he logged a .982 fielding percentage, 2.80 ERA, 7-3 record, 96 strikeouts and one save with no home runs allowed.

“I am extremely honored to accept such a prestigious award,” Gonzales said. “This means the world to me and my family. I want to thank my coaches and teammates for believing in me and for giving me the chance to be on the field every day. This is simply a testament of my support group and how important they are to me and my passion for the game of baseball.”

The award is named for the Washington State star who achieved success as both a first baseman and a right-handed pitcher.

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

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College: Oklahoma’s Gray Named Pitcher of the Year


Junior right-hander posted 10-3 record, 1.64 ERA in 126 1/3 innings

Press Release College Baseball Hall of Fame

LUBBOCK, Texas — The College Baseball Hall of Fame is proud to announce Jonathan Gray as the winner of the 2013 Pitcher of the Year Award, sponsored by Diamond Sports.

The Oklahoma junior had an outstanding 10-3 record with a 1.64 ERA and four complete games. In 126 1/3 innings pitched, he had 147 strikeouts, a .189 opponents’ batting average, and gave up just one home run during the 2013 season.

“There were some truly exceptional pitchers this year, but Jonathan clearly distinguished himself,” said Raymond Richardson, Pitcher of the Year chairman. “He put up really impressive numbers. He’s a great choice for the best pitcher in the country.”

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

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College Baseball Hall of Fame Creates Coach of the Year Award


Five finalists up for Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year

Press Release College Baseball Hall of Fame

LUBBOCK, Texas — The National College Baseball Hall of Fame announced today the creation of its newest award — the Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year Award — honoring the nation’s top collegiate coach from any level of college baseball. The award, sponsored by Easton-Bell Sports, will be presented as part of the College Baseball Night of Champions ceremony on June 29.

“It is time for the National College Baseball Hall of Fame to create a yearly honor for the top coach from any level of college baseball,” said Hall of Fame executive director Mike Gustafson. “We recognize accomplishments at all levels of the game, so that part was obvious. Coach Bert­man’s record stands on its own merits, but it is also a special way for us to honor him because of his support and guidance in our fundraising process.”

Bertman coached at LSU from 1984 to 2001. During his tenure, he won five national champi­onships and was named National Coach of the Year six times. He coached 31 players who went on to play Major League Baseball and was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class in 2006. Since that time, three of his players have joined him in the Hall of Fame.

Following his retirement from coaching, Bertman served as LSU’s athletic director from 2001 to 2007, according to an LSU press release. In May, LSU’s home field was renamed Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

“I am thrilled and humbled to have an award with my name on it to be given by the National College Baseball Hall of Fame,” Bertman said. “It’s indeed a proud and extraordinarily happy moment for me and all the players I coached.”

The award finalists and winner are selected by a national committee of active and retired coach­es from all levels of college baseball.

Five finalists have been selected for the inaugural Skip Bertman Award: Scott Brosius, who led NCAA Division III Linfield College to a 42-8 overall record and a 21-3 conference record; Mike Dickson, whose NJCAA Division III Gloucester County College Roadrunners finished the season with a 49-3 overall record and a 15-1 conference record; Paul Mainieri of LSU, whose Tigers currently have a 57-9 overall record and finished with a 23-7 conference record; Patrick McCarthy, who led the NAIA Faulker University Eagles to a 56-11 overall record and a 25-5 conference record; and Tracy Smith, whose Indiana Hoosiers currently have a 48-18 overall record and finished with a 15-6 conference record.

“Three of these coaches have already led their teams to national championships and two have led their teams to Omaha for the College World Series and are still in the running to win a title,” Gustafson said. “All of them led their teams to truly impressive records and all are very deserving candidates to be the first winner of the Skip Bertman Award.”

The Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year Award is sponsored by Easton-Bell Sports.

“Easton-Bell Sports is very pleased to be associated with this tremendous award, particularly in conjunction with coach Bertman,” said Easton-Bell’s Jim Darby. “Skip has been a great mentor to many people, both on and off the field.”

For more information on the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions, contact the Hall of Fame at (806) 749-CBF3 or visit www.collegebaseballhall.org.

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College: Beede, Bryant, Moran Named Golden Spikes Finalists


Live award presentation set for July 19 on MLB Network, GoldenSpikesAward.com

By USA Baseball

DURHAM, N.C. — USA Baseball announced Tuesday the names of the three finalists for the 2013 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award. This summer marks the 36th consecutive year that the GSA will be presented to the nation’s top amateur baseball player.

Tyler Beede, a sophomore right-handed pitcher from Vanderbilt; Kris Bryant, a junior infielder from San Diego; and Colin Moran, a junior infielder out of North Carolina, received the most votes among 30 semifinalists last week, as voted on by a committee of more than 200 members.

Each of the three players participated in the NCAA regionals this past weekend, with Vanderbilt and North Carolina advancing to super-regional competition. San Diego was eliminated following play in the Los Angeles regional.

Additionally, Bryant and Moran are expected to be drafted early in Thursday’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Beede, as a sophomore, is not eligible for the Draft until 2014.

For the first time ever, the GSA will be presented at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, and MLB Network will televise the announcement for the third consecutive year. The presentation will air live on The Rundown on Friday, July 19, starting at 2 p.m. ET, and will feature interviews, video highlights and the announcement of the winner. The presentation will also be simulcast live on MLB.com and GoldenSpikesAward.com.

Fans can continue to stay up to date on the GSA by visiting GoldenSpikesAward.com — powered by MLB Advanced Media — which serves as the online home for the award. The website features content devoted exclusively to the GSA, including news, voting history, past winner photo galleries and photographs and video highlights of the 2013 finalists.

“Once again our voting committee did a fantastic job of selecting three talented finalists,” USA Baseball executive director/CEO Paul Seiler said. “Tyler Beede, Kris Bryant and Colin Moran all had outstanding seasons for their respective schools, and we are excited to honor them for both their individual accolades and their team’s on-field success.”

Beede was voted a 2013 Golden Spikes Award finalist after leading the nation in wins. The Commodores righty tallied a 14-0 record with 101 strikeouts in 98 1/3 innings pitched. A native of Auburn, Mass., Beede posted a 2.20 ERA and held opponents to a .177 batting average.

Bryant was voted a 2013 Golden Spikes Award finalist after a record-setting season for the Toreros. The Las Vegas native led the nation in home runs, runs scored, walks and slugging percentage. His 31 home runs set an NCAA single-season record in the BBCOR era. Bryant was tabbed the Louisville Slugger National Player of the Year and the co-West Coast Conference Player of the Year after hitting .329 with 62 RBIs.

Moran was voted a 2013 Golden Spikes Award finalist after tallying a nation-best 85 RBIs. The Rye, N.Y., native batted .351 with 13 home runs as part of the nucleus that led the Tar Heels to an ACC championship and the NCAA tournament’s No. 1 overall seed. The 2013 ACC Player of the Year finished fourth in the nation with 69 runs scored.

The three finalists advanced by receiving the most votes during the semifinalist balloting round. During the round, 33 different student-athletes received votes to become a GSA finalist. After the three finalists, Oklahoma’s Jonathan Gray finished fourth in voting, followed in order by Mark Appel (Stanford), Aaron Nola (Louisiana State), D.J. Peterson (New Mexico), Michael Lorenzen (Cal State Fullerton), Tony Kemp (Vanderbilt) and Ryne Stanek (Arkansas). Additionally, Matt Boyd (Oregon State), Michael Ford (Princeton), Hunter Renfroe (Mississippi State) and Carlos Rodon (North Carolina State) received votes via the voting committee’s write-in option.

Following the presentation of the award on July 19, all three finalists will be celebrated at the Jonathan Club in downtown Los Angeles as part of the 2013 Rod Dedeaux Award Dinner. Hosted by the Rod Dedeaux Foundation, the dinner will honor the Golden Spikes Award finalists, the Rod Dedeaux Award winner and the Rod Dedeaux USA Baseball Coach of the Year award winner.

In 2007, USA Baseball instituted a new selection and balloting procedure for the most prestigious award in amateur baseball, and it follows the same model again in 2013. After working closely with sports information directors and amateur baseball media across the country to determine watch lists and the top-performing athletes, a list of 30 semifinalists was sent to the GSA voting committee last week. The three players that received the most votes advanced to the finalist round, and beginning today, the committee will have the opportunity to vote for the winner.

Fans will once again be able to vote for the 2013 GSA by visiting GoldenSpikesAward.com and selecting their favorite finalist. Voting for fans and the voting body ends at 5 p.m. ET on June 14.

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College: Twelve Players Featured on New Olerud Watch List


Big South Conference has two representatives up for award

Press Release College Baseball Hall of Fame

LUBBOCK, Texas — Players representing smaller conferences from across Division I baseball dominate the newest watch list for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award.

The award, named for the Washington State star who achieved success as both a first baseman and a right-handed pitcher, will be presented as part of the annual College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions on June 29 in Lubbock.

“It’s great to see athletes in smaller conferences be so successful,” said Chris Curbo, Olerud Award co-chair, “especially because these young men are making dual contributions to their teams.”

The Big South Conference has two representatives on the watch list: Campbell’s David Olsen and High Point’s Ryan Retz.

Olson, a senior infielder and right-handed pitcher, has a 3-0 record with three saves and a 1.71 ERA to go with his .357 batting average, eight doubles and two home runs. Retz, also a senior infielder and right-handed pitcher, has a 4-4 record with two saves in 60 2/3 innings pitched. He also has a .338 batting average with 16 doubles and four home runs.

Olerud’s alma mater also has a player on the watch list: outfielder and left-handed pitcher Jason Monda, who has a 2-0 record and 1.29 ERA in 28 innings pitched. He also has six home runs and 34 RBIs.

“Obviously the Cougars have a precedent of two-way players, so it’s nice to see someone from Washington State on the list,” said Sam Dowell, award co-chair. “It’s great to see schools from all across the country represented on this list too. There are players on the list from Maine to California.”

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

 

JOHN OLERUD TWO-WAY PLAYER OF THE YEAR WATCH LIST

Name

School

Conference

Mike Connolly

Maine

America East

Jacob Mayers

Richmond

Atlantic 10

Nick Howard

Virginia

Big East

David Olson

Campbell

Big South

Ryan Retz

High Point

Big South

Michael Lorenzen

Cal State Fullerton

Big West

Mike Ford

Princeton

Ivy League

Jake Peter

Creighton

Missouri Valley

Josh Davis

Belmont

Ohio Valley

Jason Monda

Washington State

Pac-12

Dylan Christensen

CSU Bakersfield

WAC

Marco Gonzales

Gonzaga

West Coast

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College: Fourteen Shortstops in Contention for Wallace Award


High batting averages, stellar fielding percentages among candidates

Press Release College Baseball Hall of Fame

LUBBOCK, Texas — From remarkably high batting averages to stellar fielding percentages, the 14 players on the newest watch list for the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award have made their marks on the season.

The Brooks Wallace Award, sponsored by Mizuno, recognizes the nation’s top shortstop and will be presented during the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions on June 29 in Lubbock, Texas.

“These guys have put up great numbers all season,” said Darby Brown, Wallace Award co-chair. “We have followed them closely all season and the consistency they play with is impressive.”

Troy’s Tyler Vaughn and Oregon’s J.J. Altobelli lead the pack in fielding percentage at .979, while LSU’s Alex Bregman continues to lead the list with his .403 batting average.

Hunter Dozier, a junior at Stephen F. Austin, has 16 home runs on the season, by far the highest on the watch list.

“When you stop to think about how many chances these guys have in the field, to have a fielding percentage that high after 50-plus games is remarkable,” said Tyler Young, award co-chair. “And Hunter Dozier’s home-run total is huge in the era of the BBCOR bats.”

Several conferences have multiple representatives on the newest watch list, including the SEC with three. The ACC, Pac-12 and Southern conferences all feature two players on the list.

For more information on the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions, contact the Hall of Fame at (806) 749-CBF3 or visit www.collegebaseballhall.org.

BROOKS WALLACE AWARD WATCH LIST

Name

School

Conference

Trea Turner

North Carolina State

ACC

Branden Cogswell

Virginia

ACC

Michael Basil

Indiana

Big 10

Austin Fisher

Kansas State

Big 12

J.J. Altobelli

Oregon

Pac-12

Pat Valaika

UCLA

Pac-12

Alex Bregman

LSU

SEC

Adam Frazier

Mississippi State

SEC

Vince Conde

Vanderbilt

SEC

Will Callaway

Appalachian State

Southern

Aaron Attaway

Western Carolina

Southern

Hunter Dozier

Stephen F. Austin

Southland

Tyler Vaughn

Troy

Sunbelt

Tyler Shryock

CSU Bakersfield

WAC

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College: Pitcher of the Year Award Semifinalists Announced


2012 winner Appel leads list in strikeouts; UCLA’s Berg boasts 0.70 ERA

Press Release College Baseball Hall of Fame

LUBBOCK, Texas — As postseason play gets underway, the College Baseball Hall of Fame has announced the 10 semifinalists for the Pitcher of the Year Award.

The winner of the Pitcher of the Year Award, sponsored by Diamond Sports, will be announced June 29 in Lubbock, Texas, as part of the annual College Baseball Night of Champions. The event features the presentation of numerous awards and the induction ceremony for this year’s Hall of Fame class.

“The pitchers on this list continue to demonstrate excellence on the mound,” said award chairman Raymond Richardson. “As we’ve progressed through the season, we’ve been able to narrow down the list, but many of the pitchers across the country have made it a tough task.”

UCLA right-handed sophomore David Berg leads the top 10 in both ERA (0.70) and appearances (41). He also has 18 saves and a 6-0 record.

Stanford’s Mark Appel, who won the 2012 Pitcher of the Year Award, heads the list in strikeouts with 130, narrowly leading Savannah State’s Kyle McGowin, who has 129, and Oklahoma junior Jonathan Gray, who has 127. McGowin holds the lead in innings pitched with 115.1. He also has a 12-1 record.

“To see how consistent these pitchers have been all year has been truly impressive,” Richardson said. “And to see several conferences continue to have multiple representatives speaks to the quality of baseball being played across the country.”

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

PITCHER OF THE YEAR WATCH LIST

Name

School

Conference

Justin Garza

Cal State Fullerton

Big West

Jonathan Gray

Oklahoma

Big12

Kyle McGowin

Savannah State

MEAC

Andrew Moore

Oregon State

Pac-12

Mark Appel

Stanford

Pac-12

David Berg

UCLA

Pac-12

Aaron Nola

LSU

SEC

Bobby Wahl

Ole Miss

SEC

Tyler Beede

Vanderbilt

SEC

Jeff McKenzie

CSU Bakersfield

WAC

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College: 60-man Golden Spikes Award Watch List Released


Press Release by USA Baseball

DURHAM, N.C. – USA Baseball released its 60-man midseason Golden Spikes Award watch list on Thursday, bringing the organization one step closer to naming the top amateur baseball player in the country.

The watch list will continue to be a “rolling” list until May 28 — when the 30 semifinalists for the award are announced — ensuring that athletes can play themselves into consideration for the award. The Golden Spikes Award trophy will be awarded live on MLB Network for the third year in a row, with a live presentation scheduled during The Rundown on Friday, July 19. Through USA Baseball’s partnership with MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM), the presentation will also be simulcast with a live stream available from GoldenSpikesAward.com and USABaseball.com.

Twenty-eight new players were added to the list since its initial release on February 14, joining 32 others from the original watch list. The Southeastern Conference led all conferences in watch-list players, placing 11 on the midseason update, while Georgia Tech and Louisiana State each placed three players on the list. Louisiana State infielder Alex Bregman and Cal State Fullerton right-handed pitcher Thomas Eshelman, the only two freshmen on the list, both played their way onto the midseason watch list with strong freshman campaigns. Among the 60 are six 2012 Golden Spikes Award semifinalists, including two of last year’s finalists, Mark Appel (RHP, senior, Stanford) and Carlos Rodon (LHP, sophomore, North Carolina State).

USA Baseball officials will announce the 30 semifinalists for the 2013 Golden Spikes Award on Tuesday, May 28. The list of 30 will then be sent to a voting body consisting of past USA Baseball National Team coaches and press officers, members of media that closely follow the amateur game, select professional baseball personnel, and current USA Baseball staff, representing a group of more than 200 voters in total.

Fan voting will once again be a part of the Golden Spikes Award in 2013. Tuesday, May 28, marks the day when amateur baseball fans from across the country will be able to vote for their favorite semifinalist on GoldenSpikesAward.com. As part of this selection process all voters will be asked to choose three players from the list of 30 names. On Tuesday, June 4, USA Baseball will announce the three finalists, and voting will once again commence that same day.

USA Baseball partnered with MLBAM to create GoldenSpikesAward.com in 2008. Later that year, Florida State’s Buster Posey was presented the award at MLB All-Star FanFest in New York City. Stephen Strasburg of San Diego States won the award in 2009 in St. Louis, and Bryce Harper of Southern Nevada took home the trophy from Anaheim, Calif., in 2010. UCLA’s Trevor Bauer was the 2011 winner and Florida’s Mike Zunino won the 2012 award. Bauer and Zunino accepted their trophies as part of live presentations from MLB Network’s Studio 42.

Other past winners of the Golden Spikes Award include Terry Francona (1980), Will Clark (1985), Robin Ventura (1988), Jason Varitek (1994), J.D. Drew (1997), Mark Prior (2001), Jered Weaver (2004), Tim Lincecum (2006) and David Price (2007).

Important 2013 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award dates include:

  • Thursday, Feb. 14: 50-man preseason watch list released, shaped by USA Baseball officials and advisors
  • Thursday, May 2: 60-man midseason watch list released, shaped by USA Baseball officials and advisors
  • Tuesday, May 28: 30 semifinalists announced, selected by USA Baseball officials; semifinalist voting begins; voters to select three
  • Friday, May 31: Deadline to vote for finalists, 5 p.m. ET
  • Tuesday, June 4: Three finalists announced; finalist voting begins; voters to select one
  • Friday, June 14: Deadline to vote for winner, 5 p.m. ET
  • Friday, July 19: Live Golden Spikes Award presentation airing on MLB Network’s The Rundown

The complete 2013 midseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List is as follows:

Name, Position, Class, School, Conference (in order of last name, new players bolded)

Chris Anderson, RHP, Junior, Jacksonville, Atlantic Sun
Mark Appel, RHP, Senior, Stanford, Pac-12
Barrett Astin, RHP, Junior, Arkansas, SEC
Michael Bass, IF, Senior, UNC-W, Colonial Athletic
Tyler Beede, RHP, Sophomore, Vanderbilt, SEC
Aaron Blair, RHP, Junior, Marshall, C-USA
Matt Boyd, LHP, Senior, Oregon State, Pac-12
Alex Bregman, IF, Freshman, Louisiana State, SEC
Kris Bryant, UTL, Junior, San Diego, West Coast
Danny Collins, OF, Junior, Troy, Sun Belt
Michael Conforto, OF, Sophomore, Oregon State, Pac-12
Kyle Crockett, LHP, Junior, Virginia, ACC
LB Dantzler, IF, Senior, South Carolina, SEC
Kent Emanuel, LHP, Junior, North Carolina, ACC
Phillip Ervin, OF, Junior, Samford, SoCon
Thomas Eshelman, RHP, Freshman, Cal State Fullerton, Big West
Zane Evans, C/RHP, Junior, Georgia Tech, ACC
Buck Farmer, RHP, Senior, Georgia Tech, ACC
Johnny Field, OF, Junior, Arizona, Pac-12
Mitchell Garver, C, Senior, New Mexico, Mountain West
Marco Gonzales, LHP, Junior, Gonzaga, West Coast
Jonathan Gray, RHP, Junior, Oklahoma, Big 12
Ryon Healy, IF, Junior, Oregon, Pac-12
Jeff Hoffman, RHP, Sophomore, ECU, USA
Jason Hursh, RHP, RS Sophomore, Oklahoma St, Big 12
Eric Jagielo, IF, Junior, Notre Dame, Big East
Aaron Judge, OF, Junior, Fresno State, Mountain West
Mason Katz, IF, Senior, Louisiana State, SEC
Jared King, OF, Junior, Kansas State, Big 12
Andrew Knapp, C, Junior, California, Pac-12
Corey Knebel, RHP, Junior, Texas, Big 12
Michael Lorenzen, OF/RHP, Junior, Cal State Fullerton, Big West
Sean Manaea, LHP, Junior, Indiana State, Missouri Valley
Trey Masek, RHP, Junior, Texas Tech, Big 12
Kyle McGowin, RHP, Junior, Savannah State, Mid-Eastern
Colin Moran, IF, Junior, North Carolina, ACC
Aaron Nola, RHP, Sophomore, Louisiana State, SEC
Matt Oberste, IF, Junior, Oklahoma, Big 12
Daniel Palka, UTL, Junior, Georgia Tech, ACC
D.J. Peterson, IF, Junior, New Mexico, Mountain West
Nick Petree, RHP, RS Junior, Missouri State, Missouri Valley
Andrew Pierce, RHP, Senior, Southern Mississippi, C-USA
Adam Plutko, RHP, Junior, UCLA, Pac-12
Bryan Radziewski, LHP, Junior, Miami, ACC
Hunter Renfroe, OF, Junior, Mississippi State, SEC
Carlos Rodon, LHP, Sophomore, NC State, ACC
Kyle Schwarber, C/OF, Sophomore, Indiana, Big Ten
Jimmie Sherfy, RHP , Junior, Oregon, Pac-12
Braden Shipley, RHP, Junior, Nevada, MWC
Dan Slania, RHP, Junior, Notre Dame, Big East
Ryne Stanek, RHP, Junior, Arkansas, SEC
Jeff Thompson, RHP, Junior, Louisville, Big East
Trea Turner, IF, Sophomore, NC State, ACC
Stuart Turner, C, Junior, Mississippi, SEC
Bobby Wahl, RHP, Junior, Mississippi, SEC
Trevor Williams, RHP, Junior, Arizona State, Pac-12
Tom Windle, LHP, Junior, Minnesota, Big 10
Derrick Workman, OF, Junior, Mercer, Atlantic Sun
Jimmy Yezzo, IF, Junior, Delaware, Colonial Athletic
Kevin Ziomek, LHP, Junior, Vanderbilt, SEC

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2013 College Baseball Hall of Fame Inductees Announced


Two coaches, five Major League players make up 2013 Hall of Fame class

Press Release College Baseball Hall of Fame

LUBBOCK, Texas — Two of the most respected college coaches in history join five outstanding players with a good deal of Major League Baseball experience in the 2013 Class of the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

“This class brings a different flavor to the induction process because it features our first Division III coach, perhaps the greatest Division II player ever and three players from the 1950s, ’60s and early ’70s, which is a time period that has been a bit underrepresented in past inductions,” said Mike Gustafson, executive director of the College Baseball Hall of Fame. “We are excited to welcome them to the Hall of Fame.”

This year’s class, which will be inducted as a part of the annual celebration of college baseball in Lubbock, Texas, is headlined by former longtime Major Leaguers Sal Bando, a standout third baseman at Arizona State from 1964-1965; Ralph Garr, who batted .418 in a stellar career at Grambling from 1964-1967; Tino Martinez of the University of Tampa, for whom the Division II Player of the Year award is named; and Roy Smalley of USC, a shortstop for the Trojans from 1973-1974.

Garr was selected by the Black Legends and Pioneers Committee, which is designed to honor players and coaches at historically black colleges and universities whose careers began prior to 1975. Garr joins Lou Brock, Danny Goodwin and Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones as previous honorees in this category.

“Ralph Garr made a name for himself as an All-Star Major Leaguer, but for the small-school venue in which he performed, he’d be just as well known for his college baseball career,” said Jay Sokol of www.blackcollegenines.com. “It is gratifying for those who know what he accomplished at Grambling to see him recognized with such an elite group of College Baseball Hall of Famers.

In his career, Garr led Grambling to a 103-11 record, highlighted by a 33-1 record and a third-place finish at the 1967 NAIA baseball championship. His .582 batting average as a senior led the nation and set a national record, as did his 11 triples, on the way to first-team NAIA All-

American honors. Going into the 2013 college season, Garr still holds the Division II record for highest batting average in a season.

Bando, the MVP of the 1965 College World Series, led the Sun Devils to back-to-back CWS appearances and the school’s first national title in 1965. A two-time All-WAC performer, in 2010 he was named to the College World Series Legends Team.

Martinez was the 1988 National Division II Player of the Year at the University of Tampa. In addition, he was named third-team All-American as a freshman, second-team All-American as a sophomore and first-team All-American as a junior. Martinez still holds Spartan records for career home runs (54), career batting average (.399), career slugging percentage (.736), single-season batting average (.452) and single-season slugging percentage (.957), and was a leading hitter for the 1988 USA Olympic gold medal baseball team.

Smalley was named first-team All-American shortstop in 1973 and twice joined teammate and 2007 inductee Fred Lynn in leading the USC Trojans to a national championship. Twice named first-team All-Pac 8, he was later named shortstop on the College World Series 1970s All-Decade Team.

Also included in the 2013 HOF class are the late Tom Borland of Oklahoma State University, who fashioned a perfect 11-0 record on the way to being named first-team All-American in 1955; the late Don Schaly, who was named Division III Coach of the Century by Collegiate Baseball Magazine for his legendary career at Marietta College from 1964-2003; and John Winkin, who coached at Colby College, the University of Maine and Husson College from 1954-2006 and led his Maine Black Bear teams to six College World Series appearances.

Borland led the Oklahoma State Aggies to their first two College World Series appearances in the school’s history in 1954 and 1955. He was named first-team All-American on the strength of his 11-0 record and 2.13 ERA. He capped his stellar 1955 season by being named Most Valuable Player at the CWS. In his two-year career in Stillwater, he posted a 19-2 record.

Schaly was named Division III Coach of the Century by Collegiate Baseball Magazine by virtue of the best winning percentage (.812) of any college coach at any level with more than 500 wins, being National Coach of the Year four times and winning three national championships and more than 1,400 games as coach at Marietta College from 1964-2003.

Winkin won more than 1,000 games in 50-plus years of coaching at Colby College, the University of Maine and Husson College. Best known for his tenure at Maine, he led the Black Bears to 11 NCAA tournament appearances, six College World Series appearances and twice finished third in Omaha.

“I am so happy to welcome a new class of inductees that includes Coach Schaly and Coach Winkin, among the other tremendous inductees,” Gustafson said. “They are extremely well-respected among their coaching peers, so this recognition is due.”

The 2013 class will be inducted into the Hall of Fame as part of the College Baseball Night of Champions celebration, June 28-29 in Lubbock, Texas.

 

2013 National College Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Class:

Sal Bando, Arizona State, 1964-65 (3B)

The MVP of the 1965 College World Series, Bando helped lead Arizona State to Omaha in both of his seasons in Tempe. He anchored an offense that collected 419 RBIs en route to a then-national record 54 wins and a national championship in the ’65 season. The Sun Devils stormed through the ’65 College World Series behind Bando, who scored the game-winning run against Ohio State in the national championship game after reaching base on a triple. Bando hit .319 during his Sun Devil career, including .364 in 1964, and amassed 130 hits, 99 runs scored and 92 RBIs in two years at ASU. A two-time All-WAC performer, in 2010 he was named to the College World Series Legends Team. Bando was inducted into the ASU Hall of Fame in ’75, and his number was retired by the Sun Devils in ’96.

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Tom Borland, Oklahoma State, 1954-55 (Pitcher)

Borland was a stalwart pitcher on Oklahoma State’s team from 1953 through 1955. The left-hander posted a sparkling 19-2 record during his career, which included a perfect 11-0 mark in 1955.

Borland helped lead the Cowboys to the College World Series in both 1954 and 1955. He posted an 8-2 record with a 2.50 earned run average in 1954 while striking out 100 batters in 104 innings pitched.

Oklahoma State went 18-11 that season and followed that up with a 27-3 record in the 1955 campaign.

Borland was a dominating force for the Cowboys in 1955, with a 2.13 ERA and an impressive 143 strikeouts in 117 2/3 innings.

He was named a first-team All-American according to the American Baseball Coaches’ Association, while leading the Cowboys to the College World Series.

At the CWS, Borland capped his collegiate career by being named the Most Valuable Player and was also on the All-Tournament team.

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Ralph Garr, Grambling, 1964-1967

As a freshman in 1964, Garr made only 21 plate appearances for the Tigers. However, in his final three years in school, Ralph Garr was the team’s leading hitter each year. His .582 average in 1967 not only led Grambling by a wide margin, but also topped the entire NAIA and NCAA Division II. Going into the 2013 college season, Garr still holds the Division II record for highest batting average in a season. He also set a record with his 11 triples that year.

During Ralph Garr’s career at Grambling, winning baseball was a foregone conclusion. It’s hard to imagine any one college player having taken part in a more successful four-year span than Garr did at Grambling with its 103-11 record between the years of 1964-1967. In 1967, Grambling won 33 of its 34 regular season games and finished third at the annual NAIA baseball championship. For his career, Garr had an impressive batting average of .418.

Ralph Garr culminated a great career at Grambling with his selection as a first team NAIA All-American in 1967 and his selection by the Atlanta Braves in the third round of that year’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft (the 52nd player picked overall).

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Tino Martinez, University of Tampa, 1986-88 (1B)

Martinez spent three years playing for the University of Tampa Spartans. He was the 1988 NCAA Division II National Player of the Year, a three-time All-American (third-team in ’86, second-team in ’87, first-team in ’88), a three-time All-Region Performer, a three-time member of the NCAA South Regional All-Tournament Team, the NCAA South Regional Tournament MVP (’86), an Academic All-American and a fixture in the Spartans record books. Martinez still holds Spartans records for career home runs (54), career batting average (.399), career slugging percentage (.736), single-season batting average (.452) and single-season slugging percentage (.957).

In 1988, Martinez led the 1988 United States baseball team to the gold medal in the Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. He was named MVP of the World Amateur Championships in Parma, Italy, hitting .413 with four home runs and 18 RBIs, and was named first baseman on The Sporting News College All-America Team. That year, he also was a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, presented to the country’s best amateur player.

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Don Schaly, Marietta College, 1964-2003

Highlights:

Collegiate Baseball named him the Division III Coach of the Century

Record: 1,442-329

Best winning percentage of any college coach at any level (.812) with more than 500 wins

Named National Coach of the Year four times

Coached his teams to three National Championships and seven runner-up finishes

For 40 years, from 1964 to 2003, Don Schaly was the baseball coach at Marietta College in Ohio.

The 1959 graduate of Marietta College played baseball and football for the Pioneers. He returned to his alma mater in 1964 and never left, guiding his teams to three NCAA Division III national championships and seven national runner-up finishes. He won 18 Mideast Regional Championships and 27 Ohio Athletic Conference championships.

The coach won numerous coaching awards during his career. He was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1995. Schaly was named the National Coach of the Year four times (1975, 1981, 1983 and 1986), and in 2000 Collegiate Baseball named him the Division III Coach of the Century. Schaly was also awarded the OAC’s Coach of the Year 17 times and the Mideast Regional Coach of the Year 21 times.

Schaly’s final record at Marietta is 1,442-329, but Schaly’s role in the Marietta College athletics department extended far beyond the duties of head baseball coach. He was an assistant football coach for 17 years and served as an assistant athletic director for more than 20 years. Schaly also played a primary role in the formation of the Marietta College Athletic Hall of Fame, into which he was inducted in 2004.

Schaly was the first person in Marietta College history to have his jersey retired. The college also renamed the main entrance of Ban Johnson Arena the Schaly Lobby, in his honor. In 2006, Pioneer Park was renamed Don Schaly Stadium, in his honor.

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Roy Smalley, USC1972-73, (SS)

• Earned first-team All-America honors as a shortstop by the American Baseball Coaches’ Association and The Sporting News in 1973.

• Batted .338 in 1973, second-best on the team. Also had five home runs and 29 RBIs.

• Earned All-College World Series honors in 1973.

• Earned All-Region honors in 1973.

• Starting shortstop on the 1972 and 1973 teams, twice winning national titles.

• Twice named first-team All-Pac 8

• During his two-year Trojan career, batted .297, with 68 RBIs, 101 hits and 10 home runs.

• Was drafted four times by MLB teams between 1970 and 1973 without signing. Smalley signed in the January 1974 amateur draft when he was the No. 1 overall pick.

• In 1996, was named shortstop on College World Series 1970s All-Decade Team

• Inducted into the USC Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007

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John Winkin, Colby College/Maine/Husson College, 1954-06

Coached baseball at Maine for 22 years and compiled a record of 642-430-3. He took six teams to the College World Series and his squad finished third in the nation twice. He led Maine to 11 NCAA regional tournaments. Winkin was named National Coach of the Year in 1965, New England Division I Coach of the Year in 1975 and Northeast Region Division I Coach of

the Year in 1976, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986 and 1991. He has been elected to the Maine Baseball, ABCA, Maine Sports and University of Maine Halls of Fame. Winkin also received the Lefty Gomez Award for contribution to baseball and the ECAC Distinguished Achievement Award. Winkin came out of retirement to coach baseball at Husson College in Bangor, Maine, and on March 12, 2006, he recorded his 1,000th career coaching victory.

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College: First Pitcher of the Year Watch List Released


Initial watch list of 2013 features 41 players from across the country

Press Release College Baseball Hall of Fame

LUBBOCK, Texas — After nearly two months of the 2013 season, a number of pitchers have already distinguished themselves with season numbers featuring miniscule earned run averages and stellar strikeout totals.

The initial watch list for the 2013 Pitcher of the Year Award, sponsored by Diamond Sports and presented during the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions on June 29, features 41 players from across the country.

The Southeastern Conference leads the list with nine representatives — three each from Vanderbilt and LSU.

“We all know the SEC is a dominant conference, but to have three pitchers from one school is even more impressive,” said Raymond Richardson, chair of the Pitcher of the Year Award committee. “We have a couple of schools that have two pitchers on the list, but three speaks to how competitive LSU’s and Vanderbilt’s pitching is.”

Smaller schools are well represented on the watch list as well. John Farrell of William & Mary leads the list in innings pitched at 63.2 in only eight games. He also has a 7-0 record. Austin Peay’s Tyler Rogers leads the list in saves with 12.

Rice’s Austin Kubitza and Savannah State’s Kyle McGowin both have 72 strikeouts on the season, narrowly surpassing Jonathan Gray of Oklahoma and 2012 Pitcher of the Year winner Mark Appel of Stanford, who both have 71.

“It’s nice to see some names from last year in the mix again, but it’s really great to see the variety of newcomers on the list this year,” Richardson said. “We can’t wait to see what these young men can do for the rest of the season.”

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

 

Pitcher of the Year Watch List:

 

NAME TEAM CONFERENCE
Scott Sitz Florida State ACC
Buck Farmer Georgia Tech ACC
Kent Emanuel North Carolina ACC
Trent Thornton North Carolina ACC
Stephen Janas Kennesaw State Atlantic Sun
Jonathan Gray Oklahoma Big 12
Vince Wheeland Oklahoma State Big 12
Trey Masek Texas Tech Big 12
Jeff Thompson Louisville Big East
Adam Norton Notre Dame Big East
Scott Effross Indiana Big Ten
Tom Windle Minnesota Big Ten
Thomas Eshelman Cal State Fullerton Big West
Michael Lorenzen Cal State Fullerton Big West
Andrew Morales UC Irvine Big West
John Farrell William & Mary Colonial
Austin Kubitza Rice Conference USA
Zech Lemond Rice Conference USA
Ben Lively Central Florida Conference USA
Scott Baker Ball State MAC
Jordan Foley Central Michigan MAC
Kyle McGowin Savannah State MEAC
Sean Manaea Indiana State Missouri Valley
Nick Petree Missouri State Missouri Valley
Tyler Rogers Austin Peay Ohio Valley
Josh Davis Belmont Ohio Valley
Ryan Kellogg Arizona State Pac-12
Jimmie Sherfy Oregon Pac-12
Matt Boyd Oregon State Pac-12
Andrew Moore Oregon State Pac-12
Mark Appel Stanford Pac-12
Chris Cotton LSU SEC
Ryan Eades LSU SEC
Aaron Nola LSU SEC
Ross Mitchell Mississippi State SEC
Bobby Wahl Ole Miss SEC
Tyler Webb South Carolina SEC
Tyler Beede Vanderbilt SEC
Brian Miller Vanderbilt SEC
Kevin Ziomek Vanderbilt SEC
Jeff McKenzie CSU Bakersfield WAC

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Dale Williams wins National Collegiate Umpire Award


College Baseball Hall of Fame honors lifetime of umpiring excellence

Press Release College Baseball Hall of Fame

LUBBOCK, Texas — The College Baseball Hall of Fame announced this year’s recipient of the National Collegiate Umpire Award, honoring a lifetime of excellence in umpiring.

The recipient of the 2013 award is Dale Williams, who umpired college baseball for 32 years. He worked the Division I College World Series in Omaha, Neb., eight times and umpired Division I regionals 21 times. Add to that numerous Division II, Division III and NAIA regionals, and it tallies an impressive list of important baseball over which Williams presided. He has supervised the umpires in several conferences over the years, and also found time to work as an NFL referee for 23 years, including three Super Bowls.

“During my umpiring career, God has blessed me with great friends, experiences and success,” Williams said. “Having umpired with the other outstanding men on the ballot, I feel honored and humbled my colleagues have chosen me, and I thank them and the College Baseball Hall of Fame for this prestigious award. It is also a special honor to have my name associated with (previous winners) Dick Runchey and Rich Fetchiet.”

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Williams’ selection was the result of a nomination and screening process by past and current NCAA national coordinators of umpires, NCAA regional advisers, umpire conference coordinators and four collegiate head coaches.

“Dale is truly a career official,” said Mike Gustafson, CBHOF executive director. “He is so well respected in college baseball circles, especially on the West Coast. Throw in his NFL experience and it doesn’t take long to figure out how remarkable he was.”

The College National Collegiate Umpire Award will be presented on June 29 in Lubbock, Texas, as part of College Baseball’s Night of Champions. The event features the presentation of several of college baseball’s most prestigious awards, as well as the induction ceremonies for the 2013 inductees into the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

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College: First Brooks Wallace Award Watch List released


Power conferences well-represented on list of top shortstops

Press Release College Baseball Hall of Fame

LUBBOCK, Texas — The high-caliber athletes of the Southeastern Conference are on display with five players represented on the first Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award Watch List of the 2013 season.

The Brooks Wallace Award, sponsored by Mizuno, recognizes the nation’s top shortstop and will be presented during the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions on June 29 in Lubbock, Texas.

Other conferences with multiple representatives include the Pac-12 with four, the Big 10 with three and the ACC and Ohio Valley with two each.

“It’s no wonder that some of these conferences have multiple players featured on the Wallace Award Watch List,” said Tyler Young, award co-chair. “Of course, we’re also excited to see a number of other conferences represented as well. This is a great list of players.”

LSU’s Alex Bregman has the best batting average of the 27 shortstops featured on the list at .441 in 32 games. He also has 31 RBIs and 60 hits. Ohio State’s Kirby Pellant leads the list with a .989 fielding percentage.

“Each of these shortstops have some impressive statistics — whether it’s batting averages or fielding percentages,” said Darby Brown, Wallace Award co-chair. “We look forward to seeing what they do during the upcoming weeks.

 

BROOKS WALLACE AWARD WATCH LIST

Name

School

Conference

Trea Turner

North Carolina State

ACC

Branden Cogswell

Virginia

ACC

Thomas Lindauer

Illinois

Big 10

Michael Basil

Indiana

Big 10

Kirby Pellant

Ohio State

Big 10

Austin Fisher

Kansas State

Big 12

Sutton Whiting

Louisville

Big East

Brent Graham

Campbell

Big South

Brock Niggebrugge

Delaware

Colonial

Chad Prain

Georgia State

Colonial

Alex Allbritton

New Mexico

Mountain West

Reed Harper

Austin Peay

Ohio Valley

Dylan Bosheers

Tennessee Tech

Ohio Valley

Kevin Newman

Arizona

Pac-12

Drew Stankiewicz

Arizona State

Pac-12

J.J. Altobelli

Oregon

Pac-12

Tyler Smith

Oregon State

Pac-12

Alex Bregman

LSU

SEC

Adam Frazier

Mississippi State

SEC

Austin Anderson

Ole Miss

SEC

Mikey Reynolds

Texas A&M

SEC

Vince Conde

Vanderbilt

SEC

Aaron Attaway

Western Carolina

Southern

Hunter Dozier

Stephen F. Austin

Southland

Carter Burgess

Sam Houston State

Southland

Tyler Vaughn

Troy

Sunbelt

Tyler Shryock

CSU Bakersfield

WAC

 

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College: Stefan Lopez Wins NCBWA Stopper of the Year


SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA’S LOPEZ IS 2012 NCBWA STOPPER OF THE YEAR

Press Release: National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association

OMAHA, Neb. (NCBWA) – Southeastern Louisiana relief pitcher Stefan Lopez is the 2012 recipient of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association’s Stopper of the Year Award, the NCBWA announced Friday in Omaha.

Lopez, a first team NCBWA All-American and a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, has set Southeastern Louisiana’s single-season saves record in 2012 with 20 and holds the school record for career saves with 30. This season, he went 2-1 with an 0.61 ERA in 28 appearances. He pitched 29.1 innings and allowed just two earned runs on 19 hits with five walks and 42 strikeouts. His 20 saves currently leads the nation.

The New Iberia, La., product earned Southland Conference Relief Pitcher of the Year and first team ABCA All-South Central Region team honors and was named a second team All-American by Collegiate Baseball News. The junior was drafted in the 16th round last week by the New York Yankees.

The right-hander helped Southeastern Louisiana post a 39-21 overall record and a 20-13 record in the Southland Conference. The Lions finished second in the Southland this season.

Lopez is the first Lions pitcher to take home the honor and the second player from the Southland Conference, as he joins Luke Prihoda from Sam Houston State who won the award in 2007.

Lopez

This year’s finalists also included Robert Benincasa of Florida State, Michael Morin of North Carolina, Robbie Powell of Stetson and Jimmie Sherfy of Oregon. More than 90 of the nation’s top collegiate relief pitchers were included in the selection process for this year’s NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award, beginning with initial preseason nominations by baseball contacts at NCAA Division I schools.

Texas hurler J. Brent Cox won the inaugural Stopper of the Year Award in 2005, with Don Czyz of Kansas claiming the honor in 2006, Luke Prihoda of Sam Houston State winning it in 2007, Georgia’s Joshua Fields topping the field in 2008, San Diego State’s Addison Reed grabbing the honor in 2009, Texas’ Chance Ruffin winning the award in 2010 and Texas’ Corey Knebel claiming the honor in 2011.

The NCBWA, founded in 1962, presents the Dick Howser Trophy to the nation’s top player. It also selects a Division I All-America Team, Division I Coach of the Year, Division I and III Players of the Week, Division I District Players of the Year and Division II and III Players of the Year.

The Stopper of the Year will also be recognized on the College Baseball Foundation Night of Champions June 30 in Lubbock, Texas. This event will feature the presentation of the Dick Howser Trophy to the National Player of the Year. Other awards scheduled to be presented during the show include the Brooks Wallace Award, honoring the nation’s best shortstop; the CBF John Olerud Award for the best dual position player nationally in Division I, and the Pitcher of the Year Award.For more information on the NCBWA Stopper of the Year, contact Tami Cutler at Wichita State at 316-978-5559 or Russ Anderson at Conference USA at 214-774-1351.

2012 NCBWA Stopper of the Year key dates:
• Tues., Jan. 31: Preseason Watch List
• Thurs., April 19: Midseason Watch List
• Tues., June 5: Stopper of the Year finalists announced
• Fri., June 15: NCBWA Stopper of the Year announced (Omaha, Neb.)

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COLLEGE: TEXAS’ JUNGMANN WINS 2011 DICK HOWSER TROPHY


OMAHA, Neb. (NCBWA) – Texas junior pitcher Taylor Jungmann is the recipient of the 25th annual Dick Howser Trophy, presented by Easton Foundations, as college baseball’s player of the year. The presentation was made Tuesday morning as part of a news conference at TD Ameritrade Park, with several other 2011 national honors being awarded as well.

The 25th anniversary of the Dick Howser Trophy presented by Easton Foundations was even more special by the awarding of this year’s honor at TD Ameritrade Stadium in downtown Omaha, the new home of the College World Series.

As the 2011 Howser Trophy recipient, Jungmann also will take part of the College Baseball Foundation’s festivities to recognize and induct the College Baseball Hall of Fame and the awarding of several other national honors for 2011, on July 3, in Lubbock, Texas.

Jungmann, who hails from Georgetown, Texas, near Austin, brought the Longhorns back to the 2011 NCAA World Series with a 13-3 mark, five complete games, three route-going shutouts (five combined), a 1.60 ERA, 36 walks issued, and 125 strikeouts.

He was the Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Year, helped UT to a 49-18 mark through Saturday’s opener in the CWS, has 19 appearances with 18 starts, and allowed opponents a batting average of .165. The consensus All-America selection was selected No. 12 overall in the 2011 MLB draft by the Milwaukee Brewers. Jungmann won the Howser Trophy over two other outstanding finalists: UCLA junior pitcher Trevor Bauer and Virginia junior utility performer (P-DH-1B) Danny Hultzen.

The Dick Howser Trophy, given in memory of the former Florida State University All-America shortstop and major league player and manager who died of brain cancer in 1987, is regarded by many as college baseball’s most prestigious award. Criteria for consideration for the trophy include performance on the field, leadership, moral character and courage, qualities that were exemplified by Dick Howser’s life.

A Florida native, Howser was twice an All-America shortstop at Florida State University (1957-58), then coached the Seminoles in 1979 after a career as a major league player and coach. After one year in the college ranks, Howser returned to the majors to manage the New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals and won the World Series with the Royals in 1985. The baseball stadium on the Florida State campus is named for Howser.

NCBWA membership includes writers, broadcasters and publicists. Designed to promote and publicize college baseball, it is the sport’s only college media-related organization, founded in 1962.

The College Baseball Foundation was established in 2004 and has inducted more than 60 greats into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in Lubbock. The group promotes the highest ideals and recognition of greatness on college baseball diamonds in the 150 years since the first intercollegiate contest in 1859 between Amherst and Williams.

The Howser Trophy was created in 1987, shortly after Howser’s death. Previous winners of the Howser Trophy are Mike Fiore, Miami, 1987; Robin Ventura, Oklahoma State, 1988; Scott Bryant, Texas, 1989; Alex Fernandez, Miami-Dade Community College South, 1990; Frank Rodriguez, Howard College (Texas), 1991; Brooks Kieschnick, Texas, 1992 and 1993; Jason Varitek, Georgia Tech, 1994; Todd Helton, Tennessee, 1995; Kris Benson, Clemson, 1996; J. D. Drew, Florida State, 1997; Eddy Furniss, LSU, 1998; Jason Jennings, Baylor, 1999; Mark Teixeira, Georgia Tech, 2000; Mark Prior, P, USC, 2001, Khalil Greene, SS, Clemson, 2002; Rickey Weeks, 2B, Southern U., 2003; Jered Weaver, P, Long Beach State, 2004; Alex Gordon, 3B, Nebraska, 2005; Brad Lincoln, P/DH, Houston, 2006; David Price, P, Vanderbilt, 2007; Buster Posey, C, Florida State, 2008; Stephen Strasburg, P, San Diego State, 2009 and Anthony Rendon, 3B, Rice, 2010.

2011 Dick Howser Trophy:
• Thurs., Feb. 17: Dick Howser Trophy celebrates 25th anniversary
• Fri., May 20: Dick Howser Trophy semifinalists announced
• Thurs., June 16: Dick Howser Trophy finalists announced
• Tues., June 21: Dick Howser Trophy winner announced

Related links:
• More on the Dick Howser Trophy
• Official site (dickhowsertrophy.com)

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COLLEGE: NCBWA ANNOUNCES 2011 STOPPER OF THE YEAR FINALISTS


WICHITA, Kan. (NCBWA) – Five of college baseball’s top relief specialists have been selected as finalists for the seventh annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, the NCBWA announced Tuesday.

This year’s finalists include NCAA saves leaders Kyle McMillen of Kent State and Bo Reeder of East Tennessee State, along with Branden Kline of Virginia, Corey Knebel of Texas and Matt Price of South Carolina.

McMillen, with an NCAA-tying 18 saves, has earned third team All-America honors this season. He is 1-2 this season with a 1.80 earned run average. In 30.0 innings pitched, McMillen has recorded 31 strikeouts and has allowed just 18 hits for a .175 opponent batting average.

Reeder, also owning an NCAA-tying 18 saves, earned first team All-America honors as a utility player this season. In 27.2 innings pitched, Reeder has allowed just six earned runs with 32 strikeouts. He allowed just 16 hits on the season for an opponent batting average of .165 and finished the season with a 1.95 ERA.

Kline, registering a 3-0 record, earned third team All-America honors and has led No. 1 national seed Virginia to Super Regionals. He has a 1.78 earned run average and 49 strikeouts over his 35.1 innings of work. He has allowed just seven earned runs, while holding opponents to a .202 batting average.

Knebel, a true freshman who has helped Texas to Super Regional play, owns a 3-2 record and 17 saves and has fanned 57 batters in just 50.1 innings. He has allowed just 25 hits this season for an opponent batting average of .150. He earned first team All-Big 12 honors this season as well as being named a first team All-American.

Price has helped the defending national champions back to the Super Regionals this season. In 48.0 innings of work, he owns a 2.25 ERA with 17 saves, 14 walks and 63 strikeouts. Opponents are hitting .202 off of the first team all-SEC selection this season.

More than 50 of the nation’s top collegiate relief pitchers were included in the selection process for this year’s NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award, beginning with initial preseason nominations by baseball contacts at NCAA Division I schools.

The NCBWA’s All-America Committee will select the winner, with this year’s recipient to be announced Tuesday, June 21, during the 2011 College World Series.

Texas hurler J. Brent Cox won the inaugural Stopper of the Year Award in 2005, with Don Czyz of Kansas claiming the honor in 2006, Luke Prihoda of Sam Houston State winning it in 2007, Georgia’s Joshua Fields topping the field in 2008, San Diego State’s Addison Reed winning it in 2009 and Texas’ Chance Ruffin grabbing the honor last season.

The NCBWA, founded in 1962, presents the Dick Howser Trophy to the nation’s top player. It also selects All-America Teams for all Divisions, a Division I Freshman All-American team, Division I and III Players of the Week, Division I District Players of the Year and Division III Players of the Year.

For more information on the NCBWA Stopper of the Year, contact Tami Cutler at Wichita State at 316-978-5559 or Russ Anderson at Conference USA at 214-774-1300.

2011 NCBWA Stopper of the Year key dates:
• Tues., Feb. 1: Preseason Watch List
• Thurs., April 21: Midseason Watch List
• Tues., June 7: Stopper of the Year finalists announced
• Sat., June 18: NCBWA Stopper of the Year announced

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COLLEGE: NCBWA ANNOUNCES 2011 FRESHMEN OF THE YEAR


DALLAS (NCBWA) – College of Charleston outfielder Daniel Aldrich and Texas right-handed pitcher Corey Knebelhave been named the 2011 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Freshman Hitter and Pitcher of the Year recipients, as announced by the organization today.

Aldrich hit .347 and led all Division I freshmen in home runs (22), RBI (73), slugging percentage (.739) and total bases (164). The outfielder was selected the 2011 Southern Conference Freshman of the Year and named to All-SoCon first team. He had 25 multi-hit games on the season and posted a team-best 17-game hitting streak in February and March.

The Mt. Pleasant, N.C., native has been named a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and has received second team All-America honors and Freshman Player of Year from the Collegiate Baseball News. Aldrich helped College of Charleston post a 39-22 record this past season.

Knebel, a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award, has set Texas’ freshman record with 19 saves and is 3-2 with a 1.15 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 54.2 innings. With two saves this past weekend, he has posted most saves of any pitcher in the nation this season. In addition, he has made 37 appearances, the most in the Big 112 this year.

The Georgetown, Texas product was an All-Big 12 First Team selection and member of the Big 12 All-Freshmen Team. He has received first team All-America honors and Freshman Pitcher of the Year from Collegiate Baseball News. The reliever has also been named one of the 25 quarterfinalists for the College Baseball Foundation’s Pitcher of the Year Award.

The right-hander has helped Texas post a 49-17 record and reach the College World Series for the 34th time, with NCAA Austin Regional and Super Regional Championships. The Longhorns also were the Big 12 Regular Season Co-Champions and were ranked No. 5 in the latest NCBWA Weekly Poll.

Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. For more information about the NCBWA, visit the association’s official Web site, www.ncbwa.com.

For more information, contact NCBWA Assistant Executive Director Mike Montoro (304-293-2821, mike.montoro@mail.wvu.edu) or Ryan Bomberger (434-582-2292, rbomberger@liberty.edu).

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College: Golden Spikes Finalists Announced


First-ever class of finalists made up entirely of pitchers

DURHAM, N.C. — USA Baseball announced Monday the names of the three finalists for the 2011 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award (GSA). This summer marks the 34th consecutive year that the GSA will be presented to the nation’s premier amateur baseball player.

Trevor Bauer, RHP, UCLA, Danny Hultzen, LHP/IF/OF, Virginia, and Taylor Jungmann, RHP, Texas, received the most votes last week from the nearly 200-person GSA voting committee. The three players represent the first-ever class of finalists made up entirely of pitchers.

Fans can continue to stay up to date on the GSA by visiting GoldenSpikesAward.com– powered by MLB.com — which serves as the online home for the award. The Web site features content devoted exclusively to the GSA, including news, voting history, past winner photo galleries, and photographs and video highlights for the 2011 finalists.

For the first time ever, the GSA will be awarded live on MLB Network. The presentation will begin at 6 p.m. ET on MLB Tonight, Friday, July 15. The three finalists for the award will be at MLB Network’s studios for the presentation, which will feature interviews, video highlights and the announcement of the winner. Online footage of the event also will be available via GoldenSpikesAward.com and MLB.com.

“In a year of incredible performances from players across the diamond, our voting committee felt that three pitchers stood out above the rest,” said USA Baseball executive director/CEO Paul Seiler. “We congratulate Trevor Bauer, Danny Hultzen and Taylor Jungmann, along with their coaching staffs, teammates and their schools’ baseball programs.”

Trevor Bauer, Collegiate Baseball’s National Player of the Year, had a record breaking season in 2011. The Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year set the conference single-season record for strikeouts with 203, eclipsing the previous record (202) set by 2001 GSA winner Mark Prior (Southern California). Bauer went 13-2 for the Bruins, throwing 10 complete games (tied for first in UCLA single-season record history) over 136.2 innings pitched (seventh most in UCLA single-season records history). Bauer is the first GSA finalist from UCLA since Troy Glaus in 1997.

Danny Hultzen became the first-ever three-time All-American for the Virginia Cavaliers in 2011. The lefty has posted an 11-3 record on the mound with a 1.57 ERA and 148 strikeouts. His impressive stats helped him become UVa’s all-time career leader in wins (31) and strikeouts (378). The two-time ACC Pitcher of the Year is seventh in ACC history in career strikeouts and has been named First-Team All-ACC three consecutive years. Hultzen has also hit .336 for the season driving in 34 runs, including 10 doubles, two triples and a home run. Prior to Hultzen, the Cavaliers’ last GSA finalist was Seth Greisinger in 1996.

Taylor Jungmann solidified himself as one of the most dominant pitchers in Texas and Big 12 history with his performance in 2011. The junior was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Year and a First Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger. This season he is 13-1 with a 1.40 ERA, 119 strikeouts, a .168 batting average against and five complete games in 128.1 innings pitched. Jungmann was also named to both the Big 12 All-First Team and All-Academic First Team. He is the first Longhorn finalist since Kyle Russell in 2007.

In 2007, USA Baseball instituted a new selection and balloting procedure for the most prestigious award in amateur baseball, and it follows the same model again in 2011. After working closely with sports information directors and amateur baseball media across the country to determine watch lists and the top-performing athletes, a list of 30 semifinalists was sent to the GSA voting committee last week. The three players that received the most votes advanced to the finalist round, and beginning Monday at 3:30 p.m. ET, the committee will have the opportunity to vote for a winner.

Fans will once again be able to vote for the 2011 GSA by visiting GoldenSpikesAward.com and selecting their favorite finalist. Voting for fans and the voting body ends at 5 p.m. ET on Friday, June 17.

Press Release: USA Baseball

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USA Baseball announces 30 Semifinalists for 2011 Golden Spikes Award


Press Release USA Baseball

GoldenSpikesAward.com home to player profiles, fan voting for premier amateur player of the year award

DURHAM, N.C. — USA Baseball announced Tuesday the names of the 30 semifinalists for the 2011 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award (GSA).  This marks the 34th consecutive year that the award has been presented to the nation’s top amateur baseball player.

GoldenSpikesAward.com — powered by MLB.com — will once again be the online home for the award.  The Web site features content devoted exclusively to the GSA, including news, voting history, past winner photo galleries, and photographs and video highlights for the 2011 semifinalists.  Fans can follow online at GoldenSpikesAward.com as the list of 30 players is narrowed to three finalists on Monday, June 6.

For the first time ever, the GSA will be awarded live on MLB Network.  The presentation will begin at 6:00 p.m. ET on MLB Tonight, Friday, July 15.  The three finalists for the award will be at MLB Network’s studios for the presentation, which will feature interviews, video highlights and the announcement of the winner.  Online footage of the event also will be available via GoldenSpikesAward.com and MLB.com.

Trevor Bauer (UCLA), Danny Hultzen (Virginia), Taylor Jungmann (Texas), and Anthony Rendon (Rice) were semifinalists for the 2010 GSA and return to the list for 2011.  Connecticut and Vanderbilt top all schools with two semifinalists each, and in total 28 college and universities are represented on the list.  Among conferences, the SEC leads with five players, while the ACC has four and the Pac-10 and Big East each have three.  Juniors are tops with 22 semifinalists and they are joined by four sophomores and three seniors.  Daniel Alrdich is the only freshman (RS) on the list.

In 2007, USA Baseball instituted a new selection and balloting procedure for the most prestigious award in amateur baseball, and it will follow the same model again in 2011.  After working closely with sports information directors and amateur baseball media across the country to determine watch lists and the top-performing athletes, a committee voted to determine the 30 semifinalists.  A ballot featuring the names and accomplishments of the 30 semifinalists will now be sent to a group of nearly 200 voters which will select the three finalists and eventual winner.  Beginning today fans will also be able to vote on the 2011 GSA by visiting GoldenSpikesAward.com and selecting their favorite amateur player.

“USA Baseball congratulates each of the 30 student-athletes and their respective baseball programs,” said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO.  “With the increased exposure we are bringing to the Golden Spikes Award through the MLB Network this year, there is added excitement surrounding the voting process and live presentation.  We wish all of the semifinalists the best of luck.”

A list of the 30 semifinalists is as follows:

Name, Position, Class, School, Conference
Daniel Aldrich, OF, RS-Freshman, College of Charleston, SoCon
Tyler Anderson, LHP, Junior, Oregon, Pac-10
Matt Barnes, RHP, Junior, Connecticut, Big East
Trevor Bauer, RHP, Junior, UCLA, Pac-10
DJ Baxendale, RHP, Sophomore, Arkansas, SEC
C.J. Cron, C/IF, Junior, Utah, Mountain West
Grayson Garvin, LHP, Junior, Vanderbilt, SEC
Sam Gaviglio, RHP, Junior, Oregon State, Pac-10
Sean Gilmartin, LHP/OF, Junior, Florida State, ACC
Greg Gonzalez, RHP, Senior, Fresno State, WAC
Sonny Gray, RHP, Junior, Vanderbilt, SEC
Danny Hultzen, LHP/IF, Junior, Virginia, ACC
Taylor Jungmann, RHP, Junior, Texas, Big 12
Jason Krizan, OF, Senior, Dallas Baptist, Independent
Jake Lowery, C, Junior, James Madison, CAA
Mikie Mahtook, OF, Junior, Louisiana State, SEC
Brad Miller, IF, Junior, Clemson, ACC
Chris O’Brien, C/IF, Junior, Wichita State, Missouri Valley
Joe Panik, IF, Junior, St. John’s, Big East
Mark Pope, RHP, Junior, Georgia Tech, ACC
Nick Ramirez, IF/LHP, Junior, Cal State Fullerton, Big West
Anthony Rendon, IF, Junior, Rice, C-USA
Victor Roache, OF, Sophomore, Georgia Southern, SoCon
Michael Rocha, RHP, Senior, Oklahoma, Big 12
Michael Roth, LHP/IF, Junior, South Carolina, SEC
George Springer, OF, Junior, Connecticut, Big East
Adam Brett Walker, IF/OF, Sophomore, Jacksonville, Atlantic Sun
Kyle Winkler, RHP, Junior, Texas Christian, Mountain West
Mike Zunino, C, Sophomore, Florida, SEC
Chad Zurcher, IF, RS-Junior, Memphis, C-USA

About the Golden Spikes Award
Since 1978, USA Baseball has honored the top amateur baseball player in the country with the Golden Spikes Award. Following the first ever presentation of the Award to Bob Horner of Arizona State, the Golden Spikes Award has been presented each year to the player who exhibits exceptional athletic ability and exemplary sportsmanship. The 2010 Golden Spikes Award winner was Bryce Harper of Southern Nevada. Past winners of this prestigious award include current Major League Baseball players such as Stephen Strasburg (’09), Buster Posey (’08), David Price (’07), Tim Lincecum (’06), Alex Gordon (’05), Jered Weaver (’04), Rickie Weeks (’03), Pat Burrell (‘98), J.D. Drew (’97), Mark Kotsay (’95), and Jason Varitek (’94). Former Major League stars that have captured the award include Robin Ventura (’88), Jim Abbott (’87), Will Clark (’85), Dave Magadan (’83), Terry Francona (’80), Tim Wallach (’79), and Bob Horner (’78).  For more information, please visit GoldenSpikesAward.com.

About USA Baseball
USA Baseball is the National Governing Body of amateur baseball in the United States and is a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).  The organization selects and trains the World Baseball Classic Team and World Cup Team (and all other USA Baseball Professional Teams); the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team; the USA Baseball 18U, 16U and 14U National Teams; and the USA Baseball Women’s National Team, all of which participate in various international competitions each year.  USA Baseball also presents the Golden Spikes Award annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country.  For more information, please visit USABaseball.com and GoldenSpikesAward.com.

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