July 5, 2010
LUBBOCK, Texas – Florida State’s Mike McGee was named the winner of the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award as announced by the College Baseball Foundation on July 2 in Lubbock, Texas as part of the College Baseball Award Show.
The Olerud Award, the first of its kind in college baseball, recognizes the best college baseball player who made an impact both on the mound and at the plate.
McGee edged out Nick Ramirez of Cal State Fullerton and Kolbrin Vitek of Ball State for the inaugural award.
“It’s an honor to win this award,” said McGee. “To be recognized as the top two-way player among the best the nation has to offer is a great honor. I am really glad the Foundation created this award while I was in school so I had a chance to win it.”
The junior from Port St. Lucie, Fla., once again turned in an outstanding season as a two-way player for the Seminoles in 2010. McGee played in every game for Florida State this past year making 62 starts in left field while hitting .328 with 82 hits, 15 doubles, 17 home runs and 73 RBI. For the second year in a row, McGee led the team in home runs and RBI.
On the mound, McGee stepped in nicely as the Seminole closer posting a 4-1 record with 13 saves and a 2.96 ERA. The right hander registered 27.1 innings in 20 appearances allowing nine earned runs, while posting 33 strikeouts. McGee gave up just 15 hits on the season, while holding opponents to a .160 average. In his first and only start of the season back on March 8 at Jacksonville, McGee no-hit the Dolphins over 6.0 innings. McGee’s 13 saves are the third most in a single-season at Florida State.
“Having watched John Olerud play college baseball, there is no finer recipient to receive an award named after him than Mike McGee. Poised, passionate, willing to do anything to help his team win are all traits of John Olerud. Michael’s year was culminated by taking his team to the College World Series. We are very proud to call Mike a Seminole and congratulate him on receiving this award.”
Ramirez, a sophomore from Anaheim, Calif., ended his season with a .346 batting average, 16 home runs and 75 RBI. On the mound, he had a 3.50 ERA and 11 saves in 43.2 innings pitched.
Vitek, a junior from Bryan, Ohio, had a .361 batting average in 58 games. He recorded 17 home runs and 68 RBI. As a pitcher, he compiled a 3-4 record with a 3.28 ERA in 79.2 innings.
“I grew-up watching John Olerud playing in the major leagues,” added McGee. “After being nominated for the award, I looked up his stats as a college player and his sophomore season was insane. His numbers were outstanding that year and were as good as any college baseball player could ever hope for; he pitched and hit amazingly well that year.”
The College Baseball Awards Show is part of a nearly weeklong schedule of festivities sponsored by the College Baseball Foundation in Lubbock. The events also include the induction ceremony for the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.