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John Olerud Award finalists announced
McKay, Haseley, Hall are top two-way players

 

LUBBOCK, Texas -- A pair of league champions and three teams that reached the NCAA postseason, including one Super Regional, are represented on this year's list of finalists for the 2016 John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award.

Louisville first baseman/left-handed pitcher Brendan McKay, Virginia outfielder/left-hander Adam Haseley and Dallas Baptist first baseman/right-hander Darick Hall are the three finalists for the award that goes to the nation's top player who plays in the field as well as contributes to his team's success on the mound.

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

The award, presented by the National College Baseball Hall of Fame, 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 annual Night of Champions celebration July 2 in Lubbock.

McKay, a sophomore and the reigning award winner from 2015, led his team the farthest in the NCAA postseason, reaching the Super Regional round before being knocked out by upstart UC-Santa Barbara. The sophomore from Darlington, Pennsylvania, finished the season hitting .333 with six home runs and 41 RBIs at the plate, while going 12-4 with a 2.30 ERA and 128 strikeouts in 109 2/3 innings. He will pitch for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team for the second straight season after leading Louisville to the ACC regular-season championship.

Haseley, also a sophomore, had an equally impressive season for the defending national champion Cavaliers. The Windermere, Florida, native hit .304 with six home runs and 37 RBIs and went 9-3 on the mound with a 1.73 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 78 innings, helping lead Virginia to the NCAA tournament where they hosted a regional.

Rounding out the list is a newcomer to Division I baseball this season in Hall, a junior transfer from Cochise College in Arizona. A native of Hereford, Arizona, Hall helped put a rebuilding Patriots team back in the postseason after winning the Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament titles. He hit .302 with 20 home runs and 72 RBIs while going 9-3 on the hill with a 3.43 ERA, striking out 94 in 97 innings.

"All three of these nominees possess the qualities of what the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award is all about," award co-chair Chris Curbo said. "I'm happy for all of their accomplishments and they all deserve a lot of success."

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


JOHN OLERUD TWO-WAY PLAYER OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

Name

School

Conference

Brendan McKay

Louisville

ACC

Adam Haseley

Virginia

ACC

Darick Hall

Dallas Baptist

MVC

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