ETSU's Kerry Doane (Amsterdam 2012) is on the National Pitcher of the Year watch list. Photo courtesy ETSU athletics/Atlantic Sun
Five players affiliated with teams in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League are among those still in contention for national NCAA Division I individual awards which will be handed out next month by the College Baseball Hall of Fame. East Tennessee State’s Kerry Doane (Amsterdam 2012) and Austin Peay State’s Tyler Rogers (Mohawk Valley 2010) are part an updated watch list for the National Pitcher of the Year Award. High Point’s Ryan Retz (Glens Falls 2010) and Campbell’s David Olson (Glens Falls 2010-2011) are in contention for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award and Kansas State’s Austin Fisher (Glens Falls 2013) is on the watch list for the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award.
All three awards will be handed out at the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions on June 29 in Lubbock, Texas. Updated watch lists for all three awards can be found at CollegeBaseballHall.org.
Kerry Doane (Amsterdam 2012) is a senior starting pitcher at East Tennessee State University. He is currently one of 22 players on the updated watch list for the National Pitcher of the Year Award. Doane, who was not part of the initial watch list released earlier this season, leads all NCAA Division I hurlers with 11 complete games and 122.0 innings pitched. Heading into the Atlantic Sun tournament, Doane is 12-1 with a 2.07 earned run average. He has struck out 66 and walked 17 over 17 total appearances. The senior has won his last nine starts in a row and he entered the final week of the regular season tied for first nationally in shutouts (four) and tied for third in victories. Doane’s 12 wins are the most by any A-Sun pitcher since 2007 and his 11 complete games are a new ETSU school record. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native is a two-time winner of the Atlantic-Sun Pitcher of the Week prize this season.
Tyler Rogers (Mohawk Valley 2010) is a senior relief pitcher at Austin Peay State University. He is one of 22 players on the updated National Pitcher of the Year Award watch list and he is the only pitcher from the Ohio Valley Conference. Rogers, who is also on the National College Baseball Writers Association’s Stopper of the Year watch list, is tied for first nationally in NCAA Division I with 20 saves. Heading into the Ohio Valley Conference tournament, Rogers is 7-2 with a 1.93 earned run average. He has amassed 42.0 innings and 36 strikeouts over a team high 36 relief appearances. Rogers has pitched to at least one batter in nearly two-thirds of Austin Peay’s 55 games this season. The APSU closer has limited opponents to a .178 batting average and he has not allowed a home run this season. Rogers’ 20 saves are the most by any pitcher in Austin Peay and Ohio Valley Conference history. Over two seasons at Austin Peay, Rogers has converted 32 saves. He needs one more save to set a new conference career record.
Ryan Retz (Glens Falls 2010) is a senior utility player at High Point University. He is one of 12 players on the updated watch list for the John Olerud Two-Year Player of the Year Award. Retz is High Point’s top offensive weapon and leads the Panthers in batting average (.350), hits (75), doubles (18), home runs (five), runs batted in (38), total bases (108), slugging percentage (.505), walks (26) and hit-by-pitch (10). The HPU first baseman, who also doubles as a starting pitcher, finished tied for second in the Big South in total bases, fourth in hits and doubles and sixth in batting average. On the mound, Retz is 4-4 with a 3.84 earned run average over 11 starts. He has thrown two complete games and logged 65.2 innings. The senior is second on the team in victories and innings pitched. Sunday, Retz was named the Big South’s Player of the Week for games during the final week of the regular season.
David Olson (Glens Falls 2010-2011) is a senior first baseman, designated hitter and relief pitcher at Campbell University. He is one of 12 players on the updated watch list for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award. Olson helped lead the Camels to the Big South regular season championship. He finished the regular season fifth in the Big South in batting average (.361). Heading into the Big South tournament, he is among the team’s offensive top five in batting average, hits (65), runs scored (44), runs batted in (37), home runs (three), walks (20) and on-base percentage (.487).On the mound, the Auburn, Wash., native is 3-0 with three saves and a 1.71 earned run average in 16 total appearances. Olson has not allowed an earned run in 11 of 16 games this season and has put together six straight scoreless appearances.
Austin Fisher (Glens Falls 2013) is a sophomore shortstop at Kansas State University. He is one of 14 shortstops on the updated watch list for the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award. Fisher is part of a Kansas State middle-infield that includes 2012 PGCBL Player of the Year Ross Kivett (Glens Falls 2012). The duo helped the Wildcats clinch their first Big XII regular season championship since 1933. Heading into the conference tournament, Fisher is K-State’s second leading hitter with a .358 batting average and a team high 18 doubles. The sophomore has recorded 68 hits, 38 runs, 34 RBI, 16 walks, 10 hit-by-pitch, five sacrifice hits and two home runs. Defensively, Fisher is second among all K-State infielders with 154 assists in 247 chances. He has helped the Wildcats turn 26 double plays.