May 7, 2012
Fullerton, Calif. - Cal StateFullerton sophomore Michael Lorenzen (Anaheim, Calif. / Fullerton HS) was named to the initial watch list for the 2012 John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award to be presented by the College Baseball Foundation during its Night of Champions on June 30 in Lubbock, Texas.
The watch list contains the top 20 college baseball players that play a position and pitch for their respective schools. Lorenzen joins Greg Mahle (UC Santa Barbara) as the two representatives from the Big West Conference.
A freshman All-American in 2011, Lorenzen came into the 2012 season having never pitched at the college level. And 44 games in, as the Titans' closer, Lorenzen has nailed down 13 saves to lead the Big West and rank sixth in the nation. Overall, the hard-throwing right-hander has compiled a 2-0 record and a 1.56 ERA in 17.1 innings pitched. He has given up just three earned runs and has a 4-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (16:4).
The 13 saves are the fourth-most in a single season by any Titan reliever at the Div. level. Lorenzen is currently tied with current major leaguer and former Titan closer Vinnie Pestano (2005 and 2006) and former Titan standout and current nebraska pitching coach Ted Silva (1994) on the single-season Top 10.
At the plate, Lorenzen is hitting .318 with a team leading 57 base hits, which ranks him 5th in the league. He also ranks 1st in doubles (17), 2nd in stolen bases, 3rd in RBI (31) and 10th in slugging percentage (.447).
The sophomore is a preseason All-American and is also on watch lists for national player, pitcher and stopper of the year awards.
Lorenzen will be playing with USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team this summer for a second consecutive year.
Last year southpaw Nick Ramirez represented the Titans on the watch list with 16 saves while serving as the team's first baseman.