BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU sophomore outfielder Andrew Stevenson has been named to the watch list for the 2014 Gregg Olson Award. The award, presented by Toolshed Sports, honors college baseball's "Breakout Player of the Year.”
The award is named after former Auburn Tiger star pitcher Gregg Olson, who became one of the top collegiate players in the nation after an initial season filled with only mixed success. Olson went on to become a two-time All American, first round draft pick, American League Rookie of the Year and MLB All Star.
Like Olson, the players named to the 2014 watch list have elevated their game to an elite level and in many instances their team has mirrored their success as a direct result.
Stevenson, a product of Youngsville, La., hit .193 last season in 54 games for LSU; however, he is the Tigers' leading hitter in 2014. Stevenson is batting .348 (57-for-164) with five doubles, five triples, 28 RBI, 36 runs and eight stolen bases.
He is No. 6 in the SEC in batting average, No. 2 in triples and No. 9 in on-base percentage (.416).
Initial nominations for the Gregg Olson Award 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 which is to be held this season at TD Ameritrade Park from June 14-June 24/25.