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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Reigning John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Brendan McKay was named Tuesday as one of three finalists for this season’s honor as announced by the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.
McKay, a sophomore lefthanded pitcher and first baseman, was joined by Virginia outfielder/left-hander Adam Haseley and Dallas Baptist first baseman/right-hander Darick Hall as the finalists for the award, which goes to the nation’s top player who plays in the field as well as contributes to his team’s success on the mound.
“These three players exemplify what the John Olerud Award is all about, excelling not only at multiple positions but being a player their teammates can count on to lead the way,” Olerud Award co-chairman George Watson said. “All three have had outstanding seasons in leading their teams to the postseason and distinguishing themselves among the best players in the country.”
A native of Darlington, Pennsylvania, McKay finished the season hitting .333 with six home runs, 41 RBI and 19 doubles at the plate, while going 12-4 with a 2.30 ERA and 128 strikeouts in 109.2 innings on the mound. Named to the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team for the second straight season as well as earning All-American and All-ACC honors again in 2016, McKay led the Cardinals (50-14) to their second straight ACC Atlantic Division championship, their fourth straight NCAA Super Regional and 50 or more wins for the fourth time in school history.
The award, presented by the National College Baseball Hall of Fame, is named for the former Washington State University standout who achieved success both as a first baseman and left-handed pitcher during the late 1980s and who was inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007. The award will be presented as part of the Hall of Fame’s annual Night of Champions celebration July 2 in Lubbock.
For more information on the Olerud Award or the National College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions, visit www.collegebaseballhall.org.