Chase Cockrell named semifinalist for Dick Howser Trophy

Rebel DH one of 35 semifinalists for award given to top player in college baseball.

Posted: May. 17, 2018 4:37 PM

DALLAS (Ole Miss Athletics/WTVA) - Chase Cockrell has been named a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, given annually to the top player in college baseball, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association announced Thursday.

Cockrell has been one of the most lethal bats in the Ole Miss lineup this season. He leads the Rebels in slugging percentage at .607 and is second in batting average at .348. The junior out of Bastrop, Louisiana, has clubbed eight home runs and 11 doubles and has tallied 33 RBI and 34 runs scored. He has 11 multi-RBI and 11 multi-hit so far games this season.

One of the most powerful bats in the Rebel order, Cockrell has two multi-homer games to his name this season, including two bombs in a crucial Game 3 win at South Carolina in early May. Three of the top-five hardest-hit balls at Swayze Field this season have come off of Cockrell’s bat, including a groundout at the top of the list that left at 113.9 mph.

Cockrell is one of 35 semifinalists for the award, including nine out of the Southeastern Conference, more than any other league. The Dick Howser Trophy, given in memory of the former Florida State University All-America shortstop and major league player and manager, who died of brain cancer in 1987, is regarded by many as college baseball's most prestigious award. Criteria for consideration of the trophy include performance on the field, leadership, moral character and courage, qualities that were exemplified by Dick Howser's life.

The finalists for the 32nd Dick Howser Trophy will be announced on Friday, June 8. The 2018 award will be presented at TD Ameritrade Stadium in downtown Omaha, the home of the College World Series for the seventh year. The winner will be unveiled on MLB Network on Friday, June 15 and then a press conference with the winner will be held on Saturday, June 16 at 10 a.m. (CDT), the opening day of the 2018 CWS.

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2018 Dick Howser Trophy Semifinalists

Joey Bart, C, Georgia Tech

Seth Beer, OF, Clemson

Alec Bohm, 3B, Wichita State

Brian Brown, SP, NC State

Michael Byrne, RP, Florida

Chase Chambers, 1B, Tennessee Tech

Kody Clemens, 2B, Texas

Chase Cockrell, DH, Ole Miss

Kole Cottam, 1B, Kentucky

Greg Cullen, SS, Niagara

Will Dalton, OF, Florida

Logan Gilbert, SP, Stetson

Devlin Grandberg, OF, Dallas Baptist

Luke Heimlich, SP, Oregon State

Luke Heyer, 3B, Kentucky

Alex Holderbach, C, Eastern Kentucky

Jonathan India, 3B, Florida

Josh Jung, 3B, Texas Tech

Trevor Larnach, OF, Oregon State

Grant Little, OF, Texas Tech

Jack Little, RP, Stanford

Nick Madrigal, 2B, Oregon State

Casey Mize, SP, Auburn

Bryant Packard, OF, East Carolina

Adley Rutschman, C, Oregon State

Nick Sandlin, SP, Southern Miss

Braden Shewmake, SS, Texas A&M

Brady Singer, SP, Florida

Bren Spillane, 1B, Illinois

Kevin Strohschein, DH, Tennessee Tech

Chase Strumpf, 2B, UCLA

Spencer Torkerlson, 1B, Arizona State

Andrew Vaughn, 1B, California

Steele Walker, OF, Oklahoma

Will Wilson, SS, NC State

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