Sophomore Drew Reynolds
May 7, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - East Carolina sophomore Drew Reynolds is one of 20 players named to the initial 2012 John Olerud Two-Way Player-of-the-Year Award watch list the College Baseball Hall of Fame announced Sunday evening.
Reynolds, the lone representative from Conference USA, currently ranks among the league leaders in average (.350) and hits (57) and shares the conference lead in saves (10) with Tulane's D.J. Ponder. Over the weekend he was instrumental in helping the Pirates record its fourth league series win (second sweep) over Marshall after batting .538 (7-for-13), which included a career-best four hits in the series finale. He also tossed a scoreless ninth inning striking out the side for the save.
The award, named for the Washington State star who achieved success as both a first baseman and a right-handed pitcher, will be presented as part of the annual College Baseball Night of Champions on June 30 in Lubbock, Texas. The event features the presentation of numerous awards and the induction ceremony for this year's Hall of Fame class.
Reynolds is the sixth Pirate to be named to a player-of-the-year watch list this season following Kevin Brandt (Pitcher-of-the-Year), Tyler Joyner (Pitcher-of-the-Year), Tanner Merritt (NCBWA Stopper-of-the-Year), Jack Reinheimer (Brooks Wallace Shortstop-of-the-Year) and Zach Wright (Johnny Bench Catcher-of-the-Year).
Five players from the Southeastern Conference are featured on the initial watch list, while the ACC, Big 10, Big West, Southland and West Coast Conferences all have more than one representative on the list. Two schools -- Georgia Tech and Florida -- have two representatives on the list.
"The SEC is one of the strongest baseball conferences year in and year out," said Olerud Award co-chair Aaron Thomas. "So it's only natural that a number of players from that conference made the watch list. But, we're excited to see how players from some of the other conferences continue to perform as the season winds down."
Kevin McKague, a first baseman and right-handed pitcher from Army, leads the watch list honorees with a .382 batting average. He also has four home runs and 12 doubles to go with his 1.46 ERA in 12 1/3 innings. He has five saves on the season. Drew Steckenrider, a right-handed pitcher and outfielder from Tennessee, has 66 strikeouts in 50 innings pitched. He also has a 1.62 ERA and is batting .221 with five home runs and eight doubles.
"The numbers these players are putting up this season are all the more impressive when you consider they're doing double-duty as both position players and pitchers," said co-chair Randy Norman. "Each of these guys has numbers that live up to the legacy of John Olerud."
JOHN OLERUD TWO-WAY PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD WATCH LIST
NAME - SCHOOL (CONFERENCE)
Zane Evans - Georgia Tech (ACC)
Jake Davies - Georgia Tech (ACC)
Reid Roper - Illinois (Big 10)
Josh Dezse - Ohio State (Big 10)
Cole Sturgeon - Louisville (Big East)
Michael Lorenzen - Cal State Fullerton (Big West)
Greg Mahle - UC Santa Barbara (Big West)
Drew Reynolds - East Carolina (Conference USA)
Ryan Gorton - Oregon State (Pac-12)
Kevin McKague - Army (Patriot)
Justin Bryant - Auburn (SEC)
Brian Johnson - Florida (SEC)
Austin Maddox - Florida (SEC)
A.J. Reed - Kentucky (SEC)
Drew Steckenrider - Tennessee (SEC)
C.K. Irby - Samford (Southern)
Jeff McVaney - Texas State (Southland)
Casey Selsor - UTSA (Southland)
Marco Gonzales - Gonzaga (West Coast)
Aaron Brown - Pepperdine (West Coast)