Junior catcher Shane Zeile has been selected as one of 80 players who were named to the 2014 Gregg Olson Award Watch List for "Breakout Player of the Year."
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.
Zeile leads the Bruins and ranks seventh in the Pac-12 with a .332 batting average. Zeile, who was named to the 2014 Johnny Bench Award Watch List, given out to the nation’s top collegiate catcher, has also logged a team-high 19 multi-hit games while leading UCLA with 63 total hits and a .407 on-base percentage (11th-best in the Pac-12). His 63 hits rank second in the Pac-12 and he has also reached base safely 29 of his last 33 games. Additionally, Zeile is hitting .320 in his last 19 games and is batting a team-leading .316 with 10 RBI and 11 runs scored in conference play. Behind the plate, Zeile has thrown out 17 attempted base stealers, the most in the Pac-12 Conference.
Semifinalists are slated to be named, Friday, May 30th at the start of NCAA Regional play and the finalists are scheduled to be announced on Friday, June 6th at the beginning of Super Regional action. The winner of the 2014 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 14-June 24/25.