Bousfield, Ellis Named Ferriss Trophy Finalists

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Auston Bousfield is one of two Rebels tabbed as finalists for the Ferriss Trophy
Auston Bousfield is one of two Rebels tabbed as finalists for the Ferriss Trophy

May 12, 2014

OXFORD, Miss. – Junior outfielder Auston Bousfield and junior right-hander Chris Ellis have been named as two of the finalists for the C Spire Ferriss Trophy honoring the top collegiate baseball player in the state of Mississippi, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame announced on Monday.

Bousfield and Ellis are two of the five finalists presented annually for the award. Bousfield is the only hitter up for the award out of the five finalists. In addition to Ellis and Bousfield, the other nominees include Mississippi State pitcher Ross Mitchell and Jacob Lindgren, and Belhaven pitcher Tyler Akins.

For the first time in the award’s history, fan voting will count for 10 percent of the 2014 Ferriss Trophy. A 24-member panel of the state’s college baseball coaches and Major League baseball scouts whose territory includes Mississippi will comprise the remaining 90 percent of the voting.

The C Spire Ferriss Trophy will be awarded during a May 19 luncheon program at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in Jackson. All five finalists and their coaches are expected to attend the program.

The Ferriss Trophy presented by C Spire is named after Mississippi baseball legend Dave “Boo” Ferriss, who played for Mississippi State and the Boston Red Sox and was the long-time head baseball coach at Delta State University.

With one week remaining in the regular season, Bousfield leads the Southeastern Conference in batting average at .367 and in hits with 81 as he paces the Ole Miss offense. The junior centerfielder has posted 24 multiple-hit games on the season and 10 multiple-RBI games, including driving in both runs this past Sunday in a 10-inning, 2-1 victory over Georgia to clinch the weekend series.

Bousfield was named the SEC and NCBWA Player of the Week following the Rebels’ series sweep of Kentucky when he hit .714 for the series with eight runs scored and seven RBI.

Ellis leads the Rebel pitching staff with an 8-0 record and a 1.97 ERA this season, anchoring the weekend rotation as the Friday night starter. Ellis has allowed only one earned run or less in eight of his starts this season and did not allow an earned run in five of them.

The right-handed pitcher counts among his wins victories over No. 1 South Carolina, No. 13 Mississippi State, No. 17 Kentucky, Arkansas, Georgia and a complete-game against Georgia State.

Ole Miss currently holds a 37-15 record on the season and is 17-10 in the SEC, holding down the top spot in the Western Division standings with one week left to play in the regular season. The Rebels have posted 10 series wins and six series sweeps this season.

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