May 31, 2014
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee sophomore southpaw Andy Cox has been named a semifinalist for the 2014 Gregg Olson Award, presented by Toolshed Sports to college baseball's "Breakout Player of the Year."
Cox is one of three Southeastern Conference standouts on the 36-player list, joining Will Allen (Ole Miss) and Andrew Stevenson (LSU).
After going 2-2 with a 5.29 ERA in 21 appearances as a freshman last year, the Arlington, Tenn., native has exploded on the college baseball scene this season. Cox was a vital component of a vastly improved UT pitching staff, going 5-1 with a 2.44 ERA in a team-high 27 appearances, including six starts. He led the Vols with 70 strikeouts.
He was named the team's Most Improved Player and shared Most Valuable Pitcher accolades with Nick Williams for 2014.
Cox has been one of the most difficult pitchers in the nation to get a hit off of this year, yielding .178 average -- second-best in the SEC. He has established himself as one of the top pitchers in the SEC as well, ranking among the league leaders in ERA (2.44), strikeouts (70), strikeouts per nine innings (8.15) and fewest hits allowed (47).
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.
Initial nominations were made by sports information/media contacts from schools across the country. The finalists and winner will be determined by an independent panel.
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 15-June 25/26. 2014.
For more information about the award visit http://www.olsonaward.com.