OLSON AWARD WATCH LIST
NEW YORK – Sophomore pitcher George Thanopoulos has been selected to the 2014 Gregg Olson Award Watch List, as announced by the awards committee Tuesday, May 13.
The Gregg Olson Award, presented by Toolshed Sports, honors college baseball’s breakout player of the year. Among all the nominees, 80 players nationwide were selected to the watch list. Thanopoulos is the only player named from the Ivy League.
Thanopoulos put together a productive rookie campaign in 2012, making 13 appearances with a 4.05 ERA, but sat out the 2013 season before returning to the hill with a vengeance in 2014.
A backend reliever to begin the season, Thanopoulos earned a spot as a weekend starter following a strong outing at then-No. 26 Texas A&M, allowing just six hits in six innings against the Aggies. On the year, Thanopoulos’ 2.74 ERA is the second lowest on the team. He boasts a 5-1 overall record and a pair of saves, clinching the game in the Ivy League Championship Series against Dartmouth last weekend.
The award is named after former Auburn Tiger star pitcher Gregg Olson, who became one of the top collegiate players in the nation after an initial season filled with only mixed success. Olson went on to become a two-time All-American, first round draft pick, American League Rookie of the Year and MLB All-Star.
Semifinalists are slated to be named, Friday, May 30th at the start of NCAA Regional play and the finalists are scheduled to be announced on Friday, June 6th at the beginning of Super Regional action. The winner of the 2014 Gregg Olson Award will be named in Omaha, Nebraska during the College World Series which is to be held this season at TD Ameritrade Park from June 14-June 24/25, 2014.
Thanopoulos’ selection to the watch list marks the second consecutive year Columbia has been recognized, as designated hitter Joey Falcone was named a semifinalist in the awards inaugural season in 2013.