Witt Named to John Olerud Award Watch List

Tanner Witt has pitched in 12 games this year, leading the team with six saves

April 27, 2013

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State outfielder/relief pitcher Tanner Witt is one of 25 players nationally to be named to the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award watch list, the College Baseball Hall of Fame announced Saturday.

The award, which recognizes baseball players who excel both on the mound and in the field, will be presented during the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions on June 29, in Lubbock, Texas. Witt is the first-ever Wildcat to be in contention for the award and is one of two Big 12 players named to the initial watch list in 2013 (Randy McCurry, Oklahoma State).

A senior from Hawthorn Woods, Ill., Witt enters play Saturday with a .362 batting average, six doubles, three triples, one home run and 25 RBI as the everyday starter in left field. He leads the team and ranks in the top five of the Big 12 with 20 multi-hit games, including a career-high five hits and four RBI on April 2 against Nebraska. The senior ranks in the top 10 of several career categories in Kansas State history, including games played (eighth; 190), singles (10th; 156) and walks (10th; 96).

A pitcher during his junior and senior campaigns, Witt has also found success on the mound in late-game situations as he has registered a team-high six saves in 12 outings. In 12 innings of work, Witt holds a 3.00 ERA after allowing four runs on 11 hits with only two walks and 16 strikeouts. He enters play Saturday tied for fourth in the Big 12 in saves, while his career and season total of six saves are tied for ninth in K-State history in both categories.

Witt’s candidacy for the award marks the third time this season a K-State player has been named to a watch list as Blair DeBord is in the running for the Johnny Bench Award (nation’s top catcher) and Austin Fisher is a candidate for the Brooks Wallace Award (nation’s top shortstop).

Kansas State continues its Big 12 series against TCU with a 4 p.m., contest at Tointon Family Stadium. Fans can purchase tickets online at www.k-statesports.com/tickets or at the stadium box office beginning at 3 p.m.

The game will be shown to a state-wide audience on Cox Communications’ Kansas 22 and in the Kansas City area on MetroSports. Listeners in the Manhattan area can hear the game on SportsRadio 1350 KMAN, while free live audio is available online at both www.k-statesports.com and www.1350kman.com.