June 3, 2014
Olson Award Website
NEW YORK - A pair of BIG EAST baseball student-athletes were recently named semifinalists for the Gregg Olson Award, which is presented by Toolshed Sports. Creighton sophomore righthanded pitcher Matt Warren joins Seton Hall junior short stop D.J. Ruhlman as two of 36 players on the current list.
Named after former Auburn pitcher Gregg Olson, the award honors college baseball’s breakout player of the year. The annual award is given to a top amateur baseball player who elevates his game to an elite level throughout the season. Olson rebounded from a middling freshman season to go 11-1 with a 1.26 ERA and 10 saves for the Tigers in his sophomore campaign.
Ruhlman shared the BIG EAST Player of the Year award with Creighton's Reagan Fowler. He finished the season fourth in the BIG EAST with a team-leading .351 batting average and second with 15 stolen bases. He also ranked near the top of the BIG EAST with 43 runs scored. Ruhlman smacked three home runs and drove in 28 RBI alongside 11 doubles and a pair of triples.
Warren finished the year second in the BIG EAST with a 2.03 ERA and pitched to a 10-1 mark in 84.1 innings over 14 appearances. He yielded 62 hits and 25 walks while striking out 45 and providing a much-needed lift to the Creighton starting rotation with his emergence this season.
Both players were first-team All-BIG EAST selections by the seven head coaches last month. Last week, Warren was named a third-team Louisville Slugger All-America pick by Collegiate Baseball magazine.
The finalists are scheduled to be announced on Friday.