Four Big 12 baseball student-athletes earned a place on multiple awards’ semifinal lists.
Oklahoma’s Cade Cavalli was named a semifinalist for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year award, while Texas Tech’s Josh Jung earned a spot as a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes award and the Dick Howser Trophy (third base). Like Jung, Baylor’s Davis Wendzel was tabbed a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy as a third baseman, while West Virginia right-hander Alek Manoah was named a semifinalist for the College Baseball Foundation’s Pitcher of the Year award, the Golden Spikes award and the Dick Howser Trophy.
The John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year award is named for the former Washington State University standout who achieved success both as a first baseman and left-handed pitcher during the late 1980s and was inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007.
The Pitcher of the Year award, college baseball's version of the Cy Young Award which was created in 2009, is given annually to the nation's top collegiate pitcher.
This year marks the second consecutive year in which Jung was named a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes award.
WVU’s ace leads the Big 12 in strikeouts (121) and innings pitched (90.2) and holds the lowest ERA (1.89). Manoah is tied for sixth in the nation in strikeouts, anchored by 11+ strikeouts in four of his last six outings including a pair of 15 strikeout performances.
Two-way player, Cavalli, has allowed only two homeruns and has dished 54 strikeouts this season. The sophomore has reached base in all but one of his 24 games played, recording at least one hit in 19 games this campaign.
Jung is tied for a league-lead in doubles (19), which ranks No. 19 in the nation and has totaled 61 hits with 48 runs on the season. The junior is batting .355 (third in the league) and owns a .634 slugging percentage (fourth in the league).
The College Baseball Foundation award winners will be announced later this summer, while the 42nd Golden Spikes Award winner will be announced on June 14 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska.
The finalists for the Dick Howser Trophy will be announced on June 6 and the winner will be unveiled on June 15 in Omaha on the opening day of the College World Series.