THE FLATS – Georgia Tech baseball redshirt sophomore Jackson Finley (Richmond Hill, Ga./Richmond Hill) was named to the 2023 John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award semifinalist list, the College Baseball Foundation announced this week.
Finley joins the 12 semifinalists as one of two representatives from the Atlantic Coast Conference, having a stellar year both on the mound and at the plate this season.
Finley has been electric at the plate, hitting .311 through 48 games played this season, recording 55 hits, 16 doubles and a team-leading 17 home runs for 59 RBI. Finley tied the program record this year when he hit three home runs in a single game – including two in the same inning. In the ACC, he ranks fourth in RBI, fifth in home runs, eighth in doubles and 10th in total bases.
On the mound, the Richmond Hill native has been Tech’s usual Sunday starter. Through 12 starts, Finley has worked to a 5.63 ERA and two wins. In 46.1 innings of work, he’s struck out 41 batters and issued just 15 walks.
The award is named for the former Washington State University standout who achieved success both as a first baseman and left-handed pitcher during the late 1980s and was inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007. The award will be presented by the College Baseball Foundation later this year. The five finalists for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award will be announced on May 30.
Finley and Georgia Tech finish up their regular season at home when they host No. 21 Virginia in a huge ACC finale on May 18-20. First pitch for Thursday is set for 6 p.m. and will be broadcast live on ACC Network Extra.
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