May 16, 2014
Cole Sturgeon is hitting .312 with 46 runs scored in 53 outfield starts and has a 1.67 ERA in 22 relief appearances on the mound.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Senior outfielder and lefty pitcher Cole Sturgeon was named on Thursday evening as a semifinalist for the 2014 Dick Howser Award, given annually to the top player in collegiate baseball by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
This is the 28th year of the Dick Howser Trophy with two rounds of national voting determining the winner. The finalists will be announced on Thursday, June 5. The 2014 award will be presented at TD Ameritrade Stadium in downtown Omaha, the home of the College World Series for the fourth year. The winner will be unveiled on Saturday, June 14 at 10 a.m. CT, the opening day of the 2014 CWS.
A native of Owensboro, Ky., Sturgeon's value to the success of the Cardinals in 2014 and throughout his four-year career is unmistakable. A team captain, Sturgeon is hitting .312 with two home runs, 27 RBI, 15 doubles, 46 runs scored and 17 stolen bases while starting every game in the outfield. On the mound, he is 3-0 with a save to go with a 1.67 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 22 relief appearances and 32.1 innings pitched. A two-time all-conference selection with more than 200 career starts, Sturgeon finished the 2013 season as the leading hitter on Louisville's College World Series team with a .339 average.
The Dick Howser Trophy, given in memory of the former Florida State University All-America shortstop and major league player and manager, who died of brain cancer in 1987, is regarded by many as college baseball's most prestigious award. Criteria for consideration of the trophy include performance on the field, leadership, moral character and courage, qualities that were exemplified by Dick Howser's life.
No. 5 Louisville, which clinched a share of the 2014 American Athletic Conference regular season championship with Thursday night's win over Cincinnati, will continue its series against the Bearcats on Friday at 6 p.m., ET at Jim Patterson Stadium.
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2014 Dick Howser Trophy Semifinalists
Pos. Name, School
Caleb Adams, OF, Louisiana-Lafayette
Will Allen, C, Ole Miss
Austin Anderson, 3B, Ole Miss
Casey Bloomquist, SP, Cal Poly
Dylan Bosheers, SS, Tennessee Tech
Aaron Brown, UTL, Pepperdine
Walker Buehler, SP, Vanderbilt
Michael Cederoth, RP, San Diego State
Michael Conforto, OF, Oregon State
Jace Conrad, 2B, Louisiana-Lafayette
Andrew Daniel, 2B, San Diego
Ty Davis, SP, Washington
Paul DeJong, 2B, Illinois State
Brandon Finnegan, SP, TCU
Blake Fox, SP, Rice
Derek Gibson, DH, Southeast Missouri State
Casey Gillaspie, 1B, Wichita State
Mackenzie Handel, DH, Stephen F. Austin
Matt Imhoff, SP, Cal Poly
Michael Katz, OF, William & Mary
Nathan Kirby, SP, Virginia
Mark Mathias, 2B, Cal Poly
Daniel Miles, SS, Tennessee Tech
Sam Moore, RP, UC Irvine
Andrew Morales, SP, UC Irvine
Aaron Nola, SP, LSU
Max Pentecost, C, Kennesaw State
A.J. Reed, UTL, Kentucky
Michael Russell, SS, North Carolina
Joe Seddon, RP, South Carolina
Kyle Schwarber, C, Indiana
Ryan Seiz, 2B, Liberty
D.J. Stewart, OF, Florida State
Cole Sturgeon, UTL, Louisville
Ben Wetzler, SP, Oregon State