The Olerud Award, which recognizes a player who makes an impact both on the mound and at the plate, will be presented in Lubbock, Texas, on July 3 as part of the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions.
“We’re very excited about the 2011 Olerud Award candidates,” said Cory Flores, Olerud Award committee co-chair. “Mike McGee set the bar very high last year.”
McGee, the inaugural Olerud Award winner, played in every game for Florida State in 2010 making 62 starts in left field while hitting .328 with 82 hits, 15 doubles, 17 home runs and 73 RBI. On the mound, McGee was the Seminole closer and posted a 4-1 record with 13 saves and a 2.96 ERA while leading his team to the College World Series.
Danny Hultzen of the 43-5 Virginia Cavaliers highlights this year’s list with a 9-1 record and a 1.19 ERA, with a .333 batting average.
McGee, who returned to Florida State for his senior season, and Hultzen are two of the four ACC players featured on the list – the most of any conference.
Florida, with Austin Maddox and Brian Johnson, is the only school with more than one player on the list.
“It’s amazing that the Gators have two players of this caliber,” said Randy Norman, Olerud Committee co-chair. “Maddox and Johnson are important reasons why they have been ranked all year.”
The Olerud Award will be presented on July 3 in Lubbock, Texas, as part of the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions.
|Olerud Award Watch List|
|Mike McGee||Florida State||ACC|
|Travis Parker||St. Louis Univ.||Atlantic 10|
|Bo Reeder||East Tenn. State||Atlantic Sun|
|DJ Johnson||Mercer||Atlantic Sun|
|Paul Snieder||Northwestern||Big 10|
|Josh Dezse||Ohio State||Big 10|
|Brooks Pinckard||Baylor||Big XII|
|David Paiz||Texas Tech||Big XII|
|Mike Genovese||Seton Hall||Big East|
|Sam Roberts||VMI||Big South|
|Nick Ramirez||Cal State Fullerton||Big West|
|Brian Hernandez||UC Irvine||Big West|
|Martin Medina||Cal State Bakersfield||Independent|
|Jeff McVaney||Texas State||Southland|
|Zack Jones||San Jose State||WAC|