May 20, 2014
May 20, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. – The National College Baseball Hall of Fame released its watch list for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award and Pepperdine’s Aaron Brown made the list.
Brown is one of 10 players nationally to make the list. The award, named for the Washington State star who achieved success as both a first baseman and a left-handed pitcher, will be presented as part of the annual College Baseball Hall of Fame's Night of Champions on June 28 in Lubbock, Texas.
"This list represents players from across the country," Olerud Award co-chair Chris Curbo said in the organization’s release. "It's a small number of players who are called two-way players, and we're proud to honor their contributions."
Brown serves as both a left-handed pitcher and starting centerfielder for the Waves, excelling in both roles.
As Pepperdine’s Sunday starter this year, Brown was named WCC Pitcher of the Year after going 10-1 with a 2.33 ERA over the course of the regular season. He posted a league-best 89 strikeouts to just 32 walks, holding opponents to a .219 batting average.
At the plate Brown leads the WCC with 12 home runs, hitting .319 with a team-high 44 RBI on the year. He is the only player in the country to hit a home run and record a win in the same game four times this year.
Brown has also been named to the National Pitcher of the Year and Golden Spikes Award watch lists this season. In addition to his All-WCC first team honor, he has been named WCC Pitcher of the Week twice this year.
Last season Gonzaga's Marco Gonzalez captured the Olerud Award. Gonzalez is the first WCC alum to earn the national honor. RELEASE
For more information on the Olerud Award or the College Baseball Hall of Fame's Night of Champions, visit www.collegebaseballhall.org .