OMAHA, Neb. – Washington junior pitcher Tyler Davis is among 12 finalists for the Gregg Olson Award presented by Toolshed Sports, announced Friday. The honor is given to college baseball’s breakout player of the year. The award is presented to a top amateur baseball player who elevates his game to an elite level throughout the season.
Davis was 2-7 in 2013 with a 5.11 ERA, a far cry from his remarkable output this year. The Huskies’ right hander finished 2014 with a 1.60 ERA and 11-2 record. He helped lead UW to its first NCAA tournament in 10 years.
Davis, from Mountain View, Calif., was a first team All-Pac-12 selection. He was also a Golden Spikes semifinalist and Dick Howser Award watch list member.
He finished ranked third in the Pac-12 with a 1.60 ERA and second with 11 wins. He is just the fourth Husky to win 11 games in a season.
The award is named after former Auburn pitching great and two-time All American Gregg Olson. After a freshman season at Auburn filled with only mixed success, Olson became one of the top collegiate players in the nation during an outstanding, unprecedented sophomore season.
The winner of the 2014 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 14-June 24/25. Initial nominations were made by sports information/media contacts and voting was conducted by a panel of college baseball media members.
Here are all 12 finalists:
Will Allen, C, Mississippi
Jace Conrad, 2B, Louisiana
Tyler Davis, SP, Washington
Mike Franco, SP, Florida International
Casey Jones, UTL, Elon
Nathan Kirby, SP, Virginia
Jacob Lindgren, RP, Mississippi State
Jordan Luplow, OF, Fresno State
Sam Moore, RP, UC Irvine
Tyler Neslony, OF, Texas Tech
Max Pentecost, C, Kennesaw State
Drew Weeks, OF, North Florida