April 28, 2015
THE FLATS – Sophomore RHP/3B Brandon Gold has been named to the watch lists for the 2015 John Olerud Award, which is presented annually by the College Baseball Hall of Fame to the nation’s best two-way player.
Gold, who was Tech’s everyday third baseman as a freshman last season and did not pitch, earned himself a spot in the weekend rotation this season and has been brilliant.
The sophomore righty is 5-2 with a 3.03 ERA. He has been clutch in the clutch, with four of his five wins coming in ACC rubber-games versus Notre Dame, Duke, Virginia Tech and Virginia.
Gold, a native of Alpharetta, Ga., and product of Johns Creek High School, leads Tech’s starting pitchers in ERA (3.03), innings pitched (68.1) and strikeouts (61) and is tied for the most wins among starters (five). Of his first nine career starts on the mound, seven have been quality starts (6.0+ innings pitches, three or few runs allowed).
Offensively, he’s made 21 starts and is hitting .257 with two doubles, a triple, a home run, nine RBI and 10 runs.
Of the 36 players named to the list, seven hail from Atlantic Coast Conference schools, including Gold.
The award, named for the Washington State star who achieved success as both a first baseman and a right-handed pitcher, will be presented as part of the annual College Baseball Night of Champions on June 28-29 in Lubbock, Texas.
Georgia Tech, which is 26-17 overall, has this week off for final exams and resumes action on Saturday versus Presbyterian in a doubleheader at Russ Chandler Stadium that begins at 1 p.m.
JOHN OLERUD TWO-WAY PLAYER OF THE YEAR WATCH LIST