COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Senior pitcher Kyle Nicholson and junior utility player Blake Stouffer are two of the main reasons for the resurgence of the No. 11-ranked Texas A&M baseball program and both have been recognized for their accomplishments.
Nicholson, a right-hander from College Station, has been named one of 50 semi-finalists for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award and is also on the Clemens Award Watch List. He is 10-1 with a miniscule ERA of 1.34 in 86 2/3 innings and has been named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week twice.
Nicholson started the season as the Aggies first option out of the bullpen, before being moved to the closer role, where he earned four saves. More recently, he moved to role of Friday-night starter and has been superb, striking out 25 hitters in 24 1/3 innings. He recently became the Aggies first 10-game winner since All-American Zack Jackson in 2004.
Stouffer, a native of San Antonio who has played third, first and right, is one of 50 candidates named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Dick Howser Trophy Watch List. He is hitting .390 with an on-base percentage of .470 and has driven in 61 runs. He has also been named the Big 12 Player of the Week twice.
Stouffer entered the year with 15-career RBI and has burst onto the scene as one of nation’s most prolific run producers. He has 24 multiple-hit games and 16 games with two or more RBI.
“Kyle and Blake, like the rest of the players on the team, have paid the price to become better players and make this a better team,” A&M head coach Rob Childress said. “It is good to see their hard work is paying off in just being recognized as two of the best players in college baseball. I am sure if you asked them, they would give all the credit to their teammates because that is the type of unselfish players they are.”
The Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Trophy are separate awards given to the top player in college baseball. The Clemens Award is presented to the nations’ top pitcher.