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2013 Olerud Award Watch List released
Twenty-five college players recognized for versatility

 

 

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, visit www.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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