OMAHA, Neb. – Texas A&M – Corpus Christi pitcher Trevor Belicek was recently named a semifinalist for the inaugural Gregg Olson Award. The award, presented by Toolshed Sports, was created to recognize the "Breakout Player of the Year" during the current season.
Named after former Auburn pitcher Gregg Olson, the award will be presented to the player that elevated his game the most from the previous season. Olson started his career at Auburn with limited success, but he transformed himself into a two-time All-American in college, and was picked in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft. He would go on to earn Rookie of the Year and All-Star honors during his professional career.
Belicek finished his 2013 season with a 9-2 record, coming just one win short of tying the school record for wins in a season, and a 3.12 ERA overall. In Southland Conference play, Belicek went 7-0 with a 2.58 ERA as he helped lead the Islanders to second place, the highest finish in school history.
That followed a freshman season where he struggled to find his niche as a two-way player, hitting just .154 in 13 at-bats, and going 0-1 with a 5.91 ERA in nine appearances.
Belicek is one of 46 semi-finalists for the national award, with the winner being named in Omaha, Neb., during the College World Series which is to be held this season at TD Ameritrade Park from June 15-June 26, 2013
Initial nominations were made by sports information and media contacts, with the semifinalists being determined by an independent panel. A list of finalists is scheduled to be announced on Monday, June 3, in conjunction with the conclusion of NCAA Regional play.
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