May 13, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama pitcher Jon Keller (Maylene, Ala.) is one of 80 players that have been named to the 2014 Gregg Olson Award, presented by Toolshed Sports, to honor the breakout player of the year in college baseball.
Keller has appeared in 12 games with eight starts during his junior season. Keller is tied for the team lead with wins, as he's posted a 5-2 record with a 2.60 ERA this season. He is second among starting pitchers for the Tide starters in ERA, while his 65.2 innings and 47 strikeouts are third on the team.
The award is named after former Auburn Tiger Gregg Olson, who became one of the top college baseball players in the nation after an initial season with mixed success. Olson went on to become a two-time All-America selection, first round draft pick, American League Rookie of the Year and MLB 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/media contacts from schools across the country. The finalists and winner will be determined by an independent panel.
Semifinalists are slated to be named, Friday, May 30 at the start of NCAA Regional play and the finalists are scheduled to be announced on Friday, June 6 at the beginning of Super Regional action. The winner of the 2014 Gregg Olson Award will be named in Omaha, Nebraska during the College World Series.
For more information about the award visit http://www.olsonaward.com
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