Cajun Baseballers Jace Conrad & Cody Boutte Named To Gregg Olson Award Watch List
College baseball awards continue to call the names of Ragin' Cajuns, as Louisiana pitcher Cody Boutte and 2B Jace Conrad were named to the Gregg Olson award watch list.
"This is an award that really personifies hard work and perseverance in this game," Louisiana head coach Tony Robichaux said in a press release. "This is not an easy game to play, and not an easy game to be successful at. When you have an okay year, you do one of two things. Either you can come back and have another okay year, or you can come back and work harder and build on the year you had before. We are very proud of both of these guys in the fact that they came back and did the things they needed to do to be better players."
The Gregg Olson award is presented to the breakout player of the year in college baseball. It's presented by Tollshed Sports.
Conrad, who was named a semi-finalist for the Dick Howser trophy earlier today, is in the midst of an awesome junior season. The second baseman and Lafayette native leads the Cajuns in hits (77) and doubles (17), and trails only Caleb Adams in batting average (.376). Conrad also ranks in the top 50 in the Country in all three categories, as well as RBI (51), runs (50), slugging percentage (.590) and total bases (121). He's started every game this season, and has only committed 3 errors.
"Jace has a huge desire to compete and to win, and because of that it drives both his success and the team's success," Robichaux said of Conrad. "He has become a better leader this year than he was last year and that has played a part in the success we are having."
Boutte has been fantastic on the mound this season. The senior leftie was a weekend starter last season, but began this year as a mid-week starter. Seemingly unfazed, he went to work on the rubber, eventually finding himself back in the weekend starting rotation at the start of conference play. He sports a Sun Belt best record (7-0), and Sun Belt best ERA (2.66) among starting pitchers.
"It's been a long time that we have been able stack up our three starters every weekend because of the consistency of Cody," Robichaux said of Boutte. "Most teams don't have that luxury. He has really stepped up and competed well for us every Sunday."
The winner of the 2014 Gregg Olson Award will be announced at the College World Series in Omaha.