June 6, 2014
By: Matt Burkholder
FRESNO, Calif.- Fresno State junior outfielder Jordan Luplow has been named a finalist for the 2014 Gregg Olson Award presented by Toolshed Sports, as announced by the organization. The recipient of the award honors college baseball's "Breakout Player of the Year." Luplow is one of 12 finalists to be named on Friday, narrowed down from 36 semifinalists and the initial 83-man watch list announced on May 13.
The reigning 2014 Mountain West Player of the Year's season came to a close on May 23 on day three of the 2014 Mountain West Baseball Championship Tournament. After 57 games, Luplow's season concluded with a .377 batting average, 81 hits, 48 RBI, 21 doubles, nine home runs, 10 stolen bases, a .609 slugging percentage and .475 on base percentage - leading the Bulldogs in every statistical category.
Luplow's breakout season follows a sophomore campaign in which his achievements were limited to academic success - 2013 Academic All-MW. In 41 games Luplow owned a .278 season batting average. He recorded nine doubles, three triples, three home runs and 21 RBIs as a second-year Bulldog.
The Olson Award was created to honor college baseball's success stories and showcase players like Gregg Olson, who raised the level of his game through hard work, strength of mind and determination. Eligible players are those who are omitted from major publication's preseason All American prognostications; however by the end of the season their on the field performance will demonstrate that they are among the top amateur baseball players in the nation.
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.
For more information visit www.OlsonAward.com.
2014 GREGG OLSON AWARD FINALISTS
Will Allen - Ole Miss (C)
Jace Conrad - Louisiana (2B)
Tyler Davis - Washington (P)
Mike Franco - Florida International (P)
Casey Jones - Elon (IF/OF)
Nathan Kirby - Virginia (P)
Jacob Lindgren - Mississippi St. (P)
Jordan Luplow - Fresno State (OF)
Sam Moore - UC Irvine (P)
Tyler Neslony - Texas Tech (OF)
Max Pentecost - Kennesaw St. (C)
Drew Weeks - North Florida (OF)
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