Creighton sophomore Jake Peter and UNO senior Ryan Keele were among the 46 semifinalists named Wednesday for the inaugural Gregg Olson Award, which honors college baseball’s “Breakout Player of the Year.” The award is named after former Auburn star pitcher Gregg Olson, a two-time All American, first round draft pick, American League Rookie of the Year and MLB All Star.
Peter is the Bluejays’ leader in batting average (.352), hits (70), RBIs (35) and is second on the team in doubles (10), triples (5) and slugging percentage (.467). On the mound, Peter has converted six saves and two wins in 14 appearances, holding a 3.07 ERA and striking out 18 in 14-2/3 innings.
Keele helped the Mavs to the 2013 Summit League regular-season title and UNO’s first Division I conference championship in any sport, leading the Summit in home runs (6), RBIs (33), slugging percentage (.571) and total bases (89) and placing second in batting average (.385), hits (60) and on-base percentage (.463). Keele had 18 multi-hit performances and 11 multi-RBI efforts this season, both of which led the team.
Finalists will be announced Monday, June 3. The winner of the 2013 award will be named in Omaha during the College World Series.