AU baseball's Morris named Dick Howser Trophy Semifinalist

AUBURN, AL – Junior infielder Hunter Morris has been named one of 25 semifinalists for the Dick Howser Trophy, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association announced Thursday afternoon. The 2010 Dick Howser Trophy is given to the top player in collegiate baseball.

A candidate for the SEC Player of the Year, Morris goes into the final weekend of the regular season leading the SEC in home runs (20), slugging percentage (.792), RBI (66) and total bases (175). He is also second in hits (88), third in triples (five) and runs scored (57), fourth in doubles (17) and fifth in batting average (.398).

The membership of the NCBWA will choose the Dick Howser Trophy based on two rounds of national voting. Three 2010 finalists will be announced just prior to the first game of the College World Series with a press conference slated for Saturday, June 10, at 10 a.m. (CDT) at Rosenblatt Stadium. The winner will be named in a national broadcast from Lubbock, Texas, on Friday, July 2.

The 25 candidates hail from 13 different conferences and 24 different schools. The ACC, Big Ten, Conference USA, Ohio Valley and SEC each led the way with three semifinalists. Nine different positions afield, including five starting pitchers, four first baseman and four third basemen among this diversified group.

The Dick Howser Trophy, given in memory of the former Florida State University All-America shortstop and major league player and manager who died of brain cancer in 1987, is regarded by many as college baseball's most prestigious award.

The 25 semifinalists are: Daniel Bibona, P, UC Irvine; Zach Cox, 3B, Arkansas; C.J. Cron, DH, Utah; Wes Cunningham, 1B, Murray State; Alex Dickerson, OF, Indiana; Mac Doyle, C, Wofford; Chris Duffy, OF, UCF; Yasmani Grandal, C, Miami (Fla.); Cole Green, P, Texas; Ben Heath, C, Penn State; Danny Hultzen, P, Virginia; Paul Hoilman, 1B, East Tennessee State; A.J. Kirby-Jones, DH, Tennessee Tech; Drew Lee, SS, Morehead State; Joe Leonard, 3B, Pittsburgh; Zack MacPhee, 2B, Arizona State; Mike McGee, UT, Florida State; Anthony Meo, P, Coastal Carolina; Hunter Morris, 1B, Auburn; Drew Pomeranz, P, Mississippi; Anthony Rendon, 3B, Rice; Jordan Ribera, 1B, Fresno State; Chance Ruffin, RP, Texas; Rob Segedin, 3B, Tulane; Chris Wimmers, P, Ohio State.