OMAHA, Neb. (June 3, 2013) – Kerry Doane (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) was one of six finalists named for the inaugural Gregg Olson Award, which was announced Monday by the voting committee. The honor is to be given to college baseball’s breakout player of the year. The award will be presented to a top amateur baseball player who elevates his game to an elite level throughout the season.
Doane – who moved to the mound as a full-time starting pitcher for his senior season – went 13-2 with a 2.14 ERA en route to being named Louisville Slugger First Team All-American, a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, Atlantic Sun Pitcher of the Year, and Most Valuable Player at the A-Sun Tournament.
The Buccaneer right-handed pitcher leads the nation in complete games (12) and innings pitched (147.0), and is also tied for the NCAA lead in shutouts (4) and starts (17). Doane’s 13 wins are also tied for second nationally, while he tied the ETSU single-season record for victories and shutouts. The Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. native also set new ETSU single-season marks for complete games and innings pitched, while his ERA and .867 winning percentage ranks second in the Buccaneer single-season record book. Doane’s ERA was the lowest since Dallas Rinehart registered a 2.81 mark in 1992.
The other five finalists include Ball State’s Scott Baker (So., RHP), Western Kentucky’s Ryan Huck (Sr., 1B), Florida State’s Scott Sitz (Sr., RHP), Mike Tauchman of Bradley (Sr., OF), and Campbell’s Ryan Thompson (Jr., RHP).
About the Award
The award is named after former Auburn pitching great and two-time All American Gregg Olson. After a freshman season at Auburn filled with only mixed success, Olson became one of the top collegiate players in the nation during an outstanding, unprecedented sophomore season. Despite being omitted from any preseason All American lists, Olson went on to lead the entire nation in ERA with a 1.26 mark and compiled an incredible 11-1 record with 10 saves for the Tigers. Following a summer pitching for the USA National Team where he led the club in strikeouts, Olson returned to Auburn for another spectacular season. He led the SEC with a 2.00 ERA and amassed a triple-digit strikeout total, issuing 113 K’s in only 72 innings with only 27 walks. He finished his collegiate career with back-to-back First Team All American honors, a 25-7 record, 3.03 ERA, 20 saves, 271 strikeouts and redefined the way college coaches used their top pitcher.
The Olson Award has been developed to honor college baseball’s success stories and showcase players like Olson who have raised the level of their game through hard work, strength of mind and determination. Eligible players will be those who are omitted from major publication’s preseason All American prognostications; however by the end of the season their on the field performance will demonstrate that they are among the top amateur baseball players in the nation.
The winner of the 2013 Gregg Olson Award will be named in Omaha, Nebraska during the College World Series which is to be held this season at TD Ameritrade Park from June 15-June 25/26. Initial nominations were made by sports information/media contacts and voting was conducted by a panel for college baseball media members.
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