LSU pitcher one of three finalists for Baseball Hall of Fame's Pitcher of the Year

Friday, June 15, 2012 - 9:08pm

LSU right-hander Kevin Gausman was named Friday as one of three finalists for The College Baseball Hall of Fame’s National Pitcher of the Year Award.

The other finalists are Mark Appel of Stanford and Carlos Rodon of North Carolina State.

Gausman, a sophomore from Centennial, Colo., finished the season with a 2.77 ERA and a 12-2 record. In 18 appearances and 17 starts, he pitched 123.2 innings, striking out 135 while walking only 28. He was drafted 4th overall by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2012 draft.

Gausman was named a first-team all-American by Collegiate Baseball newspaper, and he was voted first-team all-SEC by the league coaches.

Appel, a junior from Danville, Calif., finished the season with a 10-2 record and a 2.56 ERA. In 16 starts, the right-hander pitched 123 innings, striking 130 while walking only 30. He was drafted 8th overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2012 draft.

Rodon, a freshman from Holly Springs, N.C., finished the season with a 9-0 record and a 1.57 ERA. The left-hander struck out 135 and walked 41 in 114.2 innings stretched over 16 starts.

The winner of the National Pitcher of the Year Award will be named on June 30 in Lubbock as part of College Baseball’s Night of Champions. The event also features the announcement of winners of the John Olerud Award and Brooks Wallace Award. The Johnny Bench Award, the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award and Dick Howser Trophy are also presented, as well as the 2012 National College Baseball Hall of Fame inductions.


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