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College: Initial 2015 Olerud Award Watch List Released


Press Release College Baseball Hall of Fame

LUBBOCK, TexasWith just about a month until the postseason rolls around, the National College Baseball Hall of Fame announces its watch list for the 2015 John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award, which honors the nation’s top player both on the mound and at the plate.

A total of 36 players representing conferences and schools large and small are on the watch list. Included on the list are players from traditional powers such as Arizona, Virginia and Louisville, as well as smaller schools such as Bradley, Akron and Austin Peay.

“This year’s Olerud watch list is shaping up to be a competitive group of talented players from across the nation,” Olerud Award co-chairman Chris Curbo said. “It will be exciting to watch.”

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

The wide-open field has some very talented players putting up incredible numbers. In terms of offense, Wake Forest’s slugging infielder Will Craig leads the way, topping the rest of the field in batting average (.407), home runs (12) and RBIs (58) in games played through April 15. Hot on his heels, however, is Arizona infielder Bobby Dalbec, with 10 home runs and a .343 average.

In terms of pitching, Bradley’s Elliot Ashbeck and Oklahoma’s Robert Tasin pace the field with seven wins each, followed closely by Brandon Gold at Georgia Tech and Brendan McKay at Louisville, who are 5-1. Cole Hallum at Campbell has a miniscule 0.52 ERA, ahead of St. Bonaventure’s Thad Johnson at 0.58.

“This year’s watch list includes some tremendously talented players who are putting up incredible numbers,” Olerud award co-chair George Watson said. “It’s going to be extremely difficult paring this list down to find an eventual winner, as everyone is deserving of the recognition that comes with the award.”

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

Elliot Ashbeck

Bradley

Missouri Valley

Carmen Benedetti

Michigan

Big Ten

Trenton Brooks

Nevada

Mountain West

Jeff Campbell

North Dakota

WAC

Quinn Carpenter

Texas Tech

Big 12

Austin Christiansen

Nebraska

Big Ten

Conor Costello

Oklahoma State

Big 12

Will Craig

Wake Forest

ACC

Jacob Cronenworth

Michigan

Big Ten

Bobby Dalbec

Arizona

Pac-12

Kevin Doherty

Virginia

ACC

Matt Fielder

Minnesota

Big Ten

Anthony Gonsolin

St. Mary’s

West Coast

Brandon Gold

Georgia Tech

ACC

Josh Graham

Oregon

Pac-12

Cole Hallum

Campbell

Big South

Anthony Herrera

Louisiana-Monroe

Sun Belt

Thad Johnson

St. Bonaventure

Atlantic 10

Curtis Jones

Houston Baptist

Southland

Jake Kalish

George Mason

Atlantic 10

Sean Keselica

Virginia Tech

ACC

Kenny Koplove

Duke

ACC

Matt LaRocca

Akron

Mid-American

Adam Lau

Alabama-Birmingham

Conference USA

Andrew Lee

Tennessee

SEC

Kyle Marsh

Central Florida

AAC

Brendan McKay

Louisville

ACC

Alex Perez

Virginia Tech

ACC

Tyler Peyton

Iowa

Big Ten

Alex Robles

Austin Peay

Ohio Valley

Jayson Rose

Utah

Pac-12

Anthony Sequera

Oral Roberts

Summit

Logan Sherer

UNC-Charlotte

Conference USA

Robert Tasin

Oklahoma

Big 12

Andrew Utterbeck

Alabama A&M

SWAC

J.C. Wilhite

Alabama

SEC

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College: 2014 Olerud Award Watch List Released


Press Release College Baseball Hall of Fame

Small schools well-represented among 10 honorees

LUBBOCK, Texas — As postseason play begins for many teams across the country, the National College Baseball Hall of Fame has released the initial 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 left-handed pitcher, will be presented as part of the annual College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions on June 28 in Lubbock, Texas.

Players from across the country and representing schools both large and small highlight the list. Among the smaller schools on the list are Central Connecticut State and South Carolina Upstate.

“These may be smaller schools, but the young men from these schools have statistics that stack up against any other school in the country,” said Chris Curbo, Olerud Award co-chair. “They have impressive numbers both on the mound and at the plate, and that makes them very valuable to their teams, regardless of the size of their school or the conference they play in.”

Kentucky standout A.J. Reed has the highest batting average among the watch-list honorees at .359, and he has 22 home runs. He also has a 2.11 earned-run average in 98 innings pitched and has played in 54 games.

Louisiana-Lafayette senior left-hander and outfielder Ryan Wilson has the lowest ERA on the watch list at 1.55 in 52 1/3 innings pitched. He also has a .250 batting average.

“This list represents players from across the country,” Curbo said. “It’s a small number of players who are called two-way players, and we’re proud to honor their contributions.”

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

Nick Howard

Virginia

ACC

Erik Samples

South Carolina Upstate

Atlantic Sun

Jacob Cronenworth

Michigan

Big Ten

J.D. Davis

Cal State Fullerton

Big West

Michael Foster

Northeastern

Colonial

Drew Reynolds

East Carolina

Conference USA

Josh Ingham

Central Connecticut State

Northeast

A.J. Reed

Kentucky

SEC

Ryan Wilson

Louisiana – Lafayette

Sun Belt

Aaron Brown

Pepperdine

West Coast

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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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2013 Olerud Award Watch List released


Twenty-five college players recognized for versatility

Press Release College Baseball Hall of Fame

LUBBOCK, Texas — While many college athletes embrace the concept of specialization, a se­lect few embrace the value of playing multiple roles on their team. Such is the case with the 25 young men on the watch list for the 2013 John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award.

The Olerud Award, presented on June 29 in Lubbock, Texas, as part of the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s annual Night of Champions, recognizes baseball players who excel both on the mound and in the field.

“These players are contributing to their teams’ success in multiple ways,” said Sam Dowell, Olerud Award co-chair. “To see the numbers they have compiled throughout the season is very impres­sive.”

Washington State outfielder and left-handed pitcher Jason Monda leads the list with the lowest earned run average at 0.44 in 20 2/3 innings pitched. He also has six home runs, four doubles and 33 RBIs.

Zach Morton, a right-handed pitcher and infielder at Northwestern, leads in innings pitched with 59 and has a 1.98 ERA and 35 strikeouts.

Richmond’s Jacob Mayers has the top batting average on the list at .380, narrowly leading Creighton’s Jake Peter, who’s hitting .379.

No school features more than one dual-threat representative, but the ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Big South and Great West conferences each feature two players on the list.

“It’s great to see a number of conferences have more than one player in the running for this award,” said co-chair Chris Curbo. “And for a couple of smaller conferences to have multiple representatives shows they can compete regardless of their size.”

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

Zach Evans

Georgia Tech

ACC

Matt Conway

Wake Forest

ACC

Mike Connolly

Maine

America East

Jacob Mayers

Richmond

Atlantic 10

Clinton Freeman

East Tennessee State

Atlantic Sun

Taylor Kaufman

Iowa

Big 10

Zach Morton

Northwestern

Big 10

Tanner Witt

Kansas State

Big 12

Randy McCurry

Oklahoma State

Big 12

Nick Howard

Virginia

Big East

David Olson

Campbell

Big South

Ryan Retz

High Point

Big South

Michael Lorenzen

Cal State Fullerton

Big West

Jake Gonzalez

Houston Baptist

Great West

Nick Miller

Northern Colorado

Great West

Jake Peter

Creighton

Missouri Valley

Mark Shannon

UNLV

Mountain West

Josh Davis

Belmont

Ohio Valley

Jason Monda

Washington State

Pac-12

Ryan Lowe

Davidson

Southern

Desmond Russell

Jackson State

Southwestern Athletic

Ryan Wilson

Louisiana Lafayette

Sun Belt

Dylan Christensen

CSU Bakersfield

WAC

Marco Gonzales

Gonzaga

West Coast

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