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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, visit www.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