Allen, Bousfield Named To Olson Award Watch List

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Auston Bousfield joins Will Allen on the Gregg Olson Award watch list.
Auston Bousfield joins Will Allen on the Gregg Olson Award watch list.

May 13, 2014

OXFORD, Miss. – Senior Will Allen and junior outfielder Auston Bousfield have been named to the initial watch list for the 2014 Gregg Olson Award presented by Toolshed Sports to honor the breakout player of the year in collegiate baseball.

Allen and Bousfield are members of the 80 man initial watch list as announced by College Baseball Lineup.

The award is named after former Auburn Tiger star Gregg Olson, who became one of the top college baseball players in the nation after an initial season with mixed success. Olson went on to become a two-time All-America selection, first round draft pick, American League Rookie of the Year and MLB star. Like Olson, these players have elevated their game to an elite level and in many instances their team has mirrored their success as a direct result.

Allen has been one of the most proficient run producers for the Rebels and in the Southeastern Conference this season. The senior catcher is hitting at a .351 clip and ranks third in the league in average, while coming in at third in the league in home runs (7) and second in the league in RBI (52). Allen has 22 multiple-hit games on the year with a team-leading 13 multiple-RBI games. He was named SEC Player of the Week in the opening weekend of play with a .545 average, 10 RBI in 11 at bats and two home runs.

Bousfield leads the SEC in both hits (81) and batting average (.367) this season as he has combined with Allen to be a force at the top of the Rebel lineup. Bousfield boasts 24 multiple-hit games and 10 multiple-RBI games. He was named the SEC Player of the Week and the NCBWA Hitter of the Week after leading the Rebels to a series sweep of No. 17 Kentucky when he hit .714 for the weekend with eight runs scored and seven RBI.

Ole Miss holds a 37-15 record on the season with a 17-10 mark in SEC play to sit atop the Western Division standings with one week left to play in the season.

The list will be pared down and semifinalists announced on Friday, May 30, with the start of NCAA Regional play. Finalists are slated to be announced on Friday, June 6, with the start of NCAA Super Regional competition.

The winner will be announced at the College World Series.

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