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Winners, finalists announced
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By Phil Stanton
Neb. – A press conference was held Saturday morning in the
Hall of Fame Room at Rosenblatt Stadium to announce the winners
and finalists for several major college baseball awards.
Bo Carter, the Executive Director of the National
Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), introduced Jim
Schlossnagle of TCU as National Coach of the Year. Schlossnagle
guided the Horned Frogs to a Super Regional title at Texas a
week ago to earn their first College World Series berth. TCU won
its fifth consecutive Mountain West regular-season crown.
Schlossnagle now owns a record of 380-179 in nine seasons as a
head coach after TCU’s 8-1 win over Florida State in the first
game of the College World Series.
Previous winners include Mike Batesole of Fresno
State in 2008 and Brian O’Connor of Virginia in 2009.
NCBWA President Chuck Dunlap of the SEC announced
Chance Ruffin (pictured above) of Texas as the Stopper of the
Year. Ruffin is second in the nation with a 1.11 ERA. The junior
was 6-1 with 14 saves and struck out 97 in 64.2 innings. Ruffin
is tops in the country with 13.5 strikeouts per nine innings.
The other finalists were Kevin Arico of Virginia,
Neil Holland of Louisville, Chris Dennis of Portland and Jordan
Swagerty of Arizona State.
Previous winners are J. Brent Cox of Texas in
2005, Don Czyz of Kansas in 2006, Luke Prihoda of Sam Houston
State in 2007, Joshua Fields of Georgia in 2008 and Addison Reed
of San Diego State in 2009.
David Feaster of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber
of Commerce talked about the Dick Howser Trophy, the award for
the top player in collegiate baseball. This will be the 22nd
year in which the trophy is presented.
Jana Howser, the daughter of the late Dick Howser
and the Executive Vice President of Development for the College
Baseball Foundation, revealed the three finalists for the 2010
Dick Howser Trophy: Yasmani Grandal of Miami (Fla.), Drew
Pomeranz of Ole Miss and Anthony Rendon of Rice.
Mike Gustafson, the Executive Director of the
College Baseball Foundation, announced the finalists for three
For the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year
Award, the finalists are Christian Colon of Cal State Fullerton,
Jedd Gyorko of West Virginia and Ryan Soares of George Mason.
For the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year
Award, the finalists are Mike McGee of Florida State, Nick
Ramirez of Cal State Fullerton and Kolbrin Vitek of Ball State.
For the Pitcher of the Year Award, the finalists
are Drew Pomeranz of Ole Miss, Chris Sale of FGCU and Alex
Wimmers of Ohio State.
The three College Baseball Foundation awards, as
well as the Dick Howser Trophy, will be presented at the College
Baseball Awards Show on July 2 in Lubbock, Texas.
(photo courtesy of Texas Media Relations Office)