Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Andrew Benintendi named co-winner of the Gregg Olson Award



Arkansas sophomore outfielder Andrew Benintendi and Mercer’s Kyle Lewis have been named the co-winners of the 2015 Gregg Olson Award presented by Toolshed Sports. The honor is given to college baseball’s breakout player of the year. The award is presented to a top amateur baseball player who elevates his game to an elite level throughout the season.

In an injury-hampered freshman season in 2014, Benintendi started in 60 of 65 games for the Razorbacks, but was more of a threat on the base paths than at the plate. He did have a team leading 17 stolen bases, but he only managed to hit .276 with a single home run.

Benintendi triumphantly exploded on to the scene this year, as he became the first college baseball player to hit 20 home runs and steal 20 bases in a season since 2009. He won both the 2015 Golden Spikes and Dick Howser Awards led the Southeastern Conference in batting average at .380, home runs, on-base and slugging percentage and also drew 50 walks to place just outside the top ten nationally. After leading his team to the College World Series, Benintendi was chosen seventh player chosen overall in the MLD draft.

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Dallas Keuchel named to All Star Game

Astros manager A.J. Hinch called lefty Dallas Keuchel hours before he took the ball Monday against the Indians and informed him he had made the American League All-Star team. It certainly came as no surprise considering the numbers Keuchel has amassed this year.

Keuchel, who kept the news secret until it was announced on television Monday night, then went out and picked up his AL-high 11th win of the season by holding the Indians to three runs in six innings in the Astros' 9-4 win in the series opener at Progressive Field.

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Keuchel is a former Razorback.

AJ Burnett named to MLB All-Star Game

Burnett was picked by NL manager Bruce Bochy, and the other three on the players' ballot.

The selection of Burnett was undeniably the biggest hit in a pregame meeting with the players in which manager Clint Hurdle revealed the All-Stars among them.


"When I shared the players' pick -- a tremendous honor to be chosen by your peers -- everyone got a slow clap that built into a loud clap," Hurdle said. "Then I shared the manager's pick -- that got nothing slow; went right into the fast clap an a lot of hootin' and hollerin'."

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Burnett is a native of North Little Rock.

2015 College All-Americans from Perfect Game




First team:
OF Andrew Benintendi
Arkansas


Third team:
RP Zach Jackson
Arkansas


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2014-15 ALL-USA Arkansas Baseball Team




USA TODAY High School Sports is proud to announce the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Arkansas Baseball Team. Players were selected based on their athletic achievements from the 2014-15 season.

To see the full team, click here.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Davis Richardson Receives GAC Male Scholar-Athlete Award



Harding junior baseball player Davis Richardson earned the 2014-15 Great American Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year, announced Monday at the fourth annual GAC Night of Champions from the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.

For the Bisons, Richardson led the team in most statistical categories, including batting average (.325), home runs (8), RBI (37), slugging percentage (.552) and on-base percentage (.460). At the GAC Championships, he secured his place on the all-tournament team when he hit two home runs, including the game-winner in the bottom of the ninth inning, against eventual champion Southern Arkansas.

With his Academic All-America selection, Richardson made Harding history by becoming the first Bison baseball student-athlete to land on the first team and just the third Academic All-American in program history. He completed his junior year with a 4.00 GPA in Interior Design. He won the HU Interior Design Student Lounge Design Competition.

Andrew Benintendi Wins Golden Spikes Award


Andrew Benintendi was awarded one of the highest honors in collegiate baseball Tuesday evening when he was named the 38th recipient of the Golden Spikes Award during a live presentation on SportsCenter at ESPN’s Los Angeles studio.

The prestigious Golden Spikes Award is the fourth national player of the year honor for Benintendi, who leads the country with 20 home runs on the year after guiding Arkansas to its eighth College World Series appearance in program history in 2015. The sophomore is the third SEC player in the last four years to capture the Golden Spikes Award.

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