May 10, 2010
Fullerton, Calif. - As the college baseball awards season rapidly approaches, six Cal State Fullerton Titans find their way onto updated watch lists for numerous player of the year awards over the past seven days.
Senior Billy Marcoe (Bellevue, Wash., Eastside Catholic HS) has been added to the Johnny Bench Award watch list, an award that former Titan catcher, Kurt Suzuki, took home in 2004.
Marcoe is batting a solid .338 with 3 home runs and 25 RBI. He has caught in 41 of the Titans' 44 games and has thrown out 10 of the 32 opposing runners attempting to steal.
The Johnny Bench Award, given out by The Greater Wichita Sports Commission, will be announced on July 1, with final voting being held at the College World Series.
Juniors Christian Colon (Corona, Calif., Canyon HS) and Gary Brown (Diamond Barm Calif., Diamond Bar HS) are on the updated 60-man Golden Spikes Award watch list, an award former Titans Tim Wallach (1979), Phil Nevin (1992) and Mark Kotsay (1995) have each taken home in years past. The award is presented by USA Baseball to the nation's top collegiate baseball player.
Colon and Brown are a deadly 1-2 punch at the top of Cal State Fullerton's batting order, combining for a .402 batting average with 29 doubles, 9 triples, 18 home runs, 81 RBI, and 37 stolen bases.
Brown is leading the Big West Conference in nine offensive categories including average (.453), hits (87), runs (57), triples (8) and stolen bases (28). He was added to the watch list last week.
Colon, a two-time shortstop and team captain for Team USA, was on the original watch list released in the preseason. The shortstop is in the Big West's Top 10 in nearly all offensive categories, and ranks second in home runs (12) and runs scored (49).
Colon was also named a quarterfinalist for the 2010 Brooks Wallace Award on May 7, and award given to the nation's top shortstop by the College Baseball Foundation. Colon was a finalist for last year's honor with the actual award going to fellow Big Wester and UC Irvine shortstop, Ben Orloff.
Sophomore Noe Ramirez (East Los Angeles, Calif., Alhambra HS) was named a quarterfinalist for the College Baseball Foundation's National Pitcher of the Year Award, also released on May 7.
The Titan right-hander made his first start in over three weeks on May 7, and picked up the win over UC Riverside to improve to 6-1 on the year. The East Los Anglees native was cruising at 5-1 with a 3.24 ERA when he suffered a fracture in his left wrist in a freak accident at practice on Apr. 14. Noe Ramirez is now 6-1 with a 3.36 ERA and continues to place in the Big West's Top 10's in ERA (3.33), opponent's batting average (.245), strikeouts (67), and wins (6).
It was announced Monday morning that Tyler Pill (Covina, Calif., Covina HS) and Nick Ramirez (Anaheim, Calif., Katella HS) have been added to the College Baseball Foundation's inaugural John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award watch list.
Cal State Fullerton is the only school in the country with two two-way players on the list.
The Olerud Committee Co-Chair Randy Norman commented, "A lot of schools don't even have one two-way player. For one school to have two players on this list is pretty impressive.
Nick Ramirez is hitting .365 with eight home runs, 53 RBI and leads the big west with 22 doubles. On the mound, the lefty has closed the door on six ball games (second in the Big West in saves) and has compiled 3.48 ERA and a strikeout-to-walk ratio of over 4-to-1.
Pill has posted a 4-4 record in 10 starts on the mound striking out 58 while walking just 13. His 3.36 ERA is third best on the team and ranks fifth in the Big West Conference. From the mound, PIll ranks in the league's Top 10 in ERA, opponent's batting average, and strikeouts.
At the plate, Pill has turned into the Titans' everyday right fielder and designated hitter, hitting a solid .354 with five home runs and 34 RBI.
The College Baseball Awards Show will take place on July 2 in Lubbock, Texas, as part of a nearly weeklong schedule of festivities sponsored by the College Baseball Foundation. There, the College Baseball Foundation's pitcher of the year, two-way player of the year, and shortstop of the year will be announced. The events also include the induction ceremony for the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.