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Gonzales In Top Three For Olerud Two-Way POY Honor

Courtesy: Gonzaga Athletics
          Release: 06/15/2012
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            LUBBOCK, Texas - Gonzaga University sophomore first baseman/pitcher Marco Gonzales is one of three finalists for The College Baseball Hall of Fame's John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award.

            Joining Gonzales in the top three are Brian Johnson of the University of Florida and Stephen Piscotty of Stanford University. The winner of the John Olerud Award will be named on June 30 in Lubbock, as part of College Baseball's Night of Champions. The event also features the announcement of the winners of the National Pitcher of the Year and Brooks Wallace Award. The Johnny Bench Award, the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award and Dick Howser Trophy are also presented, as well as the 2012 National College Baseball Hall of Fame inductions.

            Gonzales, a native of Fort Collins, Colo., went 8-2 with a 1.55 ERA in 12 starts on the mound and hit .325 with 29 RBIs, 10 doubles, two homers and an OPS of .802. He was named the West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year after leading the league in ERA and finishing tied for second in wins. Gonzales became the third Gonzaga hurler to earn WCC Pitcher of the Year honors in the last four years and was named the 2011 Co-Freshman and Co-Player of the Year in the WCC.

            He struck out 92 hitters in 92 2/3 innings while walking 23 innings, helping the Bulldogs to a 34-22 record and a third-place finish in the WCC. Opponents hit only .201 against him and managed only 12 extra-base hits. He was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-America second team and was a Louisville Slugger Third Team All-America selection.

            Johnson, a junior from Cocoa Beach, Florida, enters the College World Series batting .314 with six home runs, 41 RBI and an OPS of .832. On the mound, he is 8-4 with a 3.56 ERA in 16 starts. The lefthander has struck out 68 and walked 15 in 86 innings, with opponents batting .242 against him. Johnson was chosen 31st overall by the Boston Red Sox in the 2012 draft.

            Piscotty, a junior from Pleasanton, California, ended the season batting .329 with five home runs and a team-leading 56 RBI, with an OPS of .882. His season was shortened on the mound but he finished with a 6-2 record and a 3.05 ERA over 12 games and four starts. He was selected 36th overall by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2012 draft.

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