May 22, 2013
OMAHA, Neb. - Southern Miss catcher Chase Fowler had his name added to a second list in as many days as he earned a spot on the semifinalists' list the inaugural Gregg Olson Award, presented by Toolshed Sports, Collegiate Baseball Lineup announced on Wednesday.
Through hard work, strength of mind and determination forty-six players have made the list to honor college baseball's "Breakout Player of the Year".
Fowler was also named to the Conference USA All-First Team squad in a release from the conference yesterday. It was Fowler's first selection as an all-conference performer at catcher, after posting a .333 batting average with nine doubles, a team-best three triples, a home run and 28 runs batted in. Defensively, Fowler has been the driving force behind the plate in which he has started in 49 games there. He has posted a .985 fielding percentage, allowed just three passed balls and thrown out 55 percent of his potential base stealers (22-of-40).
The award is named after former Auburn Tiger star pitcher Gregg Olson, who became one of the top collegiate players in the nation after an initial season filled with only mixed success. Olson went on to become a two-time All American, first round draft pick, American League Rookie of the Year and MLB All Star. Like Olson, these players have elevated their game to an elite level and in many instances their team has mirrored their success as a direct result.
Initial nominations were made by sports information contacts and the semifinalists were determined by made by an independent panel. A list of finalists is scheduled to be announced on Monday, June 3rd in conjunction with the conclusion of NCAA Regional play. 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, 2013 .
|Gregg Olson Award Semifinalists|
|(For more information on the candidates visit CBLineup.com or OlsonAward.com)|
|Gabe Aguilar||New Mexico|
|Eli Anderson||Northern Illinois|
|Scott Baker||Ball State|
|Trevor Belicek||Texas A&M Corpus Christi|
|Devin Burke||Virginia Tech|
|Chad Carroll||James Madison|
|Trace Dempsey||Ohio State|
|Christian Diaz||Miami FL|
|Kerry Doane||East Tennessee State|
|Austin Fisher||Kansas State|
|Chase Fowler||Southern Miss|
|Sean Hagen||Eastern Kentucky|
|Max Homick||San Diego|
|Ryan Huck||Western Kentucky|
|Joe Jackson||The Citadel|
|Ryan LaGrange||UNC Wilmington|
|Bobby Lecount||New Mexico State|
|Jeff McKenzie||CSU Bakersfield|
|Harrison Musgrave||West Virginia|
|Brandon Peterson||Wichita State|
|Chad Prain||Georgia State|
|Michael Renner||North Florida|
|Steven Shelinsky Jr.||Pitt|
|Matt Shortall||UT Arlington|
|Scott Sitz||Florida Sate|
|Taylor Sparks||UC Irvine|
|Cody Stubbs||North Carolina|
|Michael Suchy||Florida Gulf Coast|
|Ben Verlander||Old Dominion|