April 27, 2013

Lorenzen Named to John Olerud Award Watch List

LUBBOCK, Texas – Michael Lorenzen was one of 25 collegiate baseball players named to the 2013 John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award watch list, it was announced by the College Baseball Hall of Fame on Friday.

The Olerud Award, presented on June 29 in Lubbock, Texas, as part of the College Baseball Hall of Fame's annual Night of Champions, recognizes baseball players who excel both on the mound and in the field.

"These players are contributing to their teams' success in multiple ways," said Sam Dowell, Olerud Award co-chair. "To see the numbers they have compiled throughout the season is very impressive."

No school features more than one dual-threat representative, but the ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Big South and Great West conferences each feature two players on the list. Lorenzen is the only representative from the Big West Conference.

For Lorenzen, the John Olerud watch list is the third he has been named to this season, adding to the list of the National College Baseball Writers Association Mid-Season Stopper of the Year Watch List and the College Baseball Hall of Fame 2013 Pitcher of the Year Watch List.

Entering the week, Lorenzen's 12 saves topped the Big West and were tied for third in the country behind Austin Peay's Tyler Rogers (14) and Oregon's Jimmie Sherfy (13).

In 14 appearances this season, Lorenzen has tossed 14 and 1/3 innings, striking out 12 and managing a 2.51 ERA while holding opposing batters to a .196 clip.

In addition, in both of his blown saves this season, Lorenzen has kept the Titans within reach to earn the win in both games.

On April 12, Lorenzen was denied his 13th save of the year, but picked up the win in a 4-3 victory over UC Santa Barbara. The blown save ended his streak of 16 straight that dated back to May 1, 2012. Lorenzen's 28 career saves rank fourth all-time at Fullerton.

At the plate, Lorenzen leads Cal State Fullerton or is tied for the lead in several offensive categories; batting average (.346), hits (53), doubles (8), home runs (7), RBIs (40), slugging percentage (.575), and game-winning RBIs (7). His 13-game hitting streak from March 15-April 2 was the longest for any Titan this season, as Fullerton went 12-1 during that stretch while Lorenzen batted .469 with 19 RBIs, three doubles, three home runs and 13 runs scored.

For more information on the Olerud Award or the College Baseball Hall of Fame's Night of Champions, visit www.collegebaseballhall.org.


JOHN OLERUD TWO-WAY PLAYER OF THE YEAR WATCH LIST

Name

School

Conference

Zach Evans

Georgia Tech

ACC

Matt Conway

Wake Forest

ACC

Mike Connolly

Maine

America East

Jacob Mayers

Richmond

Atlantic 10

Clinton Freeman

East Tennessee State

Atlantic Sun

Taylor Kaufman

Iowa

Big 10

Zach Morton

Northwestern

Big 10

Tanner Witt

Kansas State

Big 12

Randy McCurry

Oklahoma State

Big 12

Nick Howard

Virginia

Big East

David Olson

Campbell

Big South

Ryan Retz

High Point

Big South

Michael Lorenzen

Cal State Fullerton

Big West

Jake Gonzalez

Houston Baptist

Great West

Nick Miller

Northern Colorado

Great West

Jake Peter

Creighton

Missouri Valley

Mark Shannon

UNLV

Mountain West

Josh Davis

Belmont

Ohio Valley

Jason Monda

Washington State

Pac-12

Ryan Lowe

Davidson

Southern

Desmond Russell

Jackson State

Southwestern Athletic

Ryan Wilson

Louisiana Lafayette

Sun Belt

Dylan Christensen

CSU Bakersfield

WAC

Marco Gonzales

Gonzaga

West Coast