May 27, 2013
OMAHA, Neb. - Northern Illinois pitcher Eli Anderson (Glenview, Ill./New Trier) was selected as a semifinalist for College Baseball Lineups' Gregg Olson Award, presented by Toolshed Sports. The award is given to the "Breakout Player of the Year" in Division I college baseball. He is one of 46 players on the list and one of only two from the MAC. This is the inaugural year of the Gregg Olson Award.
Anderson was a midweek spot reliever for the Huskies as a freshman with a 9.53, before stepping into a midweek starter's role in 2012 and finishing the season with a 6.79 ERA and a 2-2 record.
This season he proved to be one of the top-starting pitchers in the Midwest as he finished with a 9-4 record, a 2.18 ERA, six complete games, a shutout, a combined shutout, 76 strikeouts and 26 walks in 115.1 innings pitched. Opponents hit a mere .244 on Anderson in 15 starts this season.
In Mid-American Conference play, Anderson finished 8-1 with a 1.17 ERA, six complete games and a 0.98 WHIP to earn eight-consecutive wins in conference play. He pitched 77 innings in the MAC of a possible 81 in 2013 while also striking out 54 and walking 14.
Anderson closed the season as a first team All-Mid American Conference selection, the first Northern Illinois starting pitcher to earn the honor since 2004. He tied the NIU all-time mark of wins in a season May 10 versus Eastern Michigan with a 2-1 victory over the Eagles, hurling 8.0 innings with eight strikeouts, two walks and only one run surrendered.
Ball State pitcher Scott Baker joins Anderson on the list.
The award is named after former Auburn Tiger star pitcher Gregg Olson, who became one of the top collegiate players in the nation after an initial season filled with only mixed success. Olson went on to become a two-time All American, first round draft pick, American League Rookie of the Year and MLB All Star. Like Olson, these players have elevated their game to an elite level and in many instances their team has mirrored their success as a direct result.
Initial nominations were made by sports information/media contacts and the semifinalists were determined by made by an independent panel. A list of finalists is scheduled to be announced on Monday, June 3rd in conjunction with the conclusion of NCAA Regional play. The winner of the 2013 Gregg Olson Award will be named in Omaha, Nebraska during the College World Series which is to be held this season at TD Ameritrade Park from June 15-June 25/26 2013.