OMAHA, Neb. — East Tennessee State pitcher Kerry Doane was named one of the six finalists for the inaugural Gregg Olson Award on Monday.
Doane, a senior, went 13-2 with a 2.14 ERA this season, when he was named a Louisville Slugger First Team All-American, a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, the Atlantic Sun pitcher of the year and MVP of the conference tournament. The right-hander helped the Buccaneers reach the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1981 in just his first season as a full-time starting pitcher for ETSU.
A Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native, Doane leads the nation in complete games (12) and innings pitched (147.0), and is tied for the NCAA lead in shutouts (4) and starts (17). He tied the ETSU single-season record for victories and shutouts and set single-season program marks for complete games and innings pitched.
Doane's ERA and .867 winning percentage rank second in the Bucs' single-season record book. His ERA was the lowest since Dallas Rinehart registered a 2.81 in 1992.
The Gregg Olson Award, named after the former Auburn pitching great and two-time All-American, goes to college baseball's breakout player of the year. It was developed to honor college baseball’s success stories and showcase players who raised the level of their game through hard work, strength of mind and determination.
The other finalists are Ball State sophomore right-hander Scott Baker, Western Kentucky senior first baseman Ryan Huck, Florida State senior RHP Scott Sitz, Bradley senior outfielder Mike Tauchman and Campbell junior RHP Ryan Thompson.
The winner will be announced in Omaha, Neb., during the College World Series June 15-26.