|[May 12, 2014]
Five finalists named for 2014 C Spire Ferriss Trophy
JACKSON, Miss. --(Business Wire)--
In a testimony to pitching's recent dominance in college baseball, four
of the five finalists for the 2014 C Spire Ferriss Trophy, which
annually goes to Mississippi's top performer, are stellar pitchers.
Not only are they leading their respective leagues in most statistical
categories, but several of the players vying for the award are
considered among the best in the nation at their position. Finalists
include Ole Miss' Auston Bousfield and Chris Ellis, Mississippi State's
Ross Mitchell and Jacob Lindgren and Belhaven University's Tyler Akins.
2014 finalists, as determined by professional baseball scouts who cover
Mississippi and college coaches, (in alphabetical order):
Akins, a senior from Madison, Miss., leads the NAIA nationally in
saves. He pitches and plays first base for the Blazers. He has a 3-1
record with a 1.81 earned run average and 17 saves. As a hitter, Akins
is second on the team with a .340 average and leads the team with 25
extra base hits and 47 RBI.
Bousfield, the Rebels' junior outfielder from Oakland, Florida, is
leading the Southeastern Conference in hitting this year. He is
hitting .367 with 21 extra base hits and 40 RBI. Bousfield has stolen
15 bases (in 16 tries) and played error-free ball in the field
throughout the season.
Ellis, the Rebels Friday night starting pitcher, has a perfect 8-0
record. A junior from Birmingham, Ala., Ellis has a 1.96 earned run
average and opponents are hitting .258 against him.
Lindgren, the Bulldogs junior relief pitcher from Bay St. Louis, has
struck out nearly two batters for every inning he has pitched this
year. He has a 4-1 record with a 1.01 ERA and has fanned 82 batters in
44 innings. Opposing teams are batting .125 against him.
Mitchel, a junior starting pitcher for the Bulldogs from Smyrna,
Tenn., has compiled a 7-4 record with a 1.98 ERA this season.
Opponents have averaged .215 off him.
For the first time in the award's history, fan voting will count for 10
percent of the 2014 Ferriss Trophy. A 24-member panel of the state's
college baseball coaches and Major League baseball scouts whose
territory includes Mississippi will comprise the remaining 90 percent of
The C Spire Ferriss Trophy will be awarded during a May 19 luncheon
program at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in Jackson.
All five finalists and their coaches are expected to attend the program.
Tickets are $35 each and available by calling the MSHOF offices or by
going online at http://msfame.com/c-spire-ferriss-trophy/.
Instead of a guest speaker this year, Ferriss will do a question and
answer session with audience participation.
The Ferriss Trophy presented by C Spire is named after Mississippi
baseball legend Dave "Boo" Ferriss, who played for Mississippi State and
the Boston Red Sox and was the long-time head baseball coach at Delta
2014 marks the 18th anniversary of the Outstanding Player Awards
presentation. C Spire has served as title sponsor for 15 of those years
since 1998. The Conerly Trophy in college football, the Howell Trophy in
men's college basketball, the Gillom Trophy in women's college
basketball and the Ferriss Trophy in college baseball comprise the four
elements of the C Spire Wireless Outstanding Player Award series.
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