Pitcher right after throwing a ball wearing SJSU jersey blue and gold with white pants.

Jones An Olerud Award Semifinalist

Pitcher right after throwing a ball wearing SJSU jersey blue and gold with white pants.

Courtesy: San Jose State Athletics

San Jose State’s Zack Jones is among 10 athletes who are still competing for the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award.

“Our voters will have another very difficult job as they choose between the ten semifinalists,” said Randy Norman, Olerud Award committee co-chair. “The players on the list have some great statistics.”

Jones, an infielder/designated hitter/right-handed pitcher, finished the 2011 season batting .316 (49-for-155) with seven doubles, three triples and three home runs.  He scored 29 runs and knocked in 26 more.  On the mound he racked up 10 saves while striking out 53 batters in 43.0 innings

Four of the Olerud Award semifinalists are playing for teams that advanced to the Super Regional round of the post-season, including Brian Hernandez of UC Irvine, Brian Johnson of Florida, Danny Hultzen of Virginia and Mike McGee of Florida State. McGee won the inaugural award in 2010.

The winner of the Olerud Award will be announced in Lubbock, Texas, on July 3 as part of the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions.

The Brooks Wallace Award, National Pitcher of the Year Award, Johnny Bench Award and Dick Howser Trophy will also be announced on the Night of Champions, plus the National College Baseball Hall of Fame class for 2011 will be inducted.

2011 John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award Semifinalists

Cody Fick (Evansville)
Brian Hernandez (UC Irvine)
Danny Hultzen (Virginia)
Brian Johnson (Florida)
Zack Jones (San Jose State)
Ben Koenigsfeld (Army)
Mike McGee (Florida State)
Nick Ramirez (Cal State Fullerton)
Bo Reeder (East Tenn. State)
Paul Snieder (Northwestern)