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Seiz Named a Dick Howser Trophy Semifinalist
Liberty second baseman Ryan Seiz has been listed as a semifinalist for the 2014 Dick Howser Trophy, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) announced this afternoon. The award is given to the top player in collegiate baseball.
One of 45 players from 28 different schools and 17 different conferences, Seiz becomes the first-ever Liberty player to be named a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy.
Seiz, a junior, has started every game for the Flames in his first season at Liberty. The second baseman enters the weekend leading the Flames in batting average (.381), runs scored (51), home runs (11), on base percentage (.461), total bases (128) and slugging percentage (.650). The Perkasie, Pa. native also has 40 RBIs and helped solidify the Liberty defense with his play at second base.
During the year, Seiz has been named the NCBWA National Hitter of the Week for the week ending March 2, along with earning ECAC Player of the Week honors for the week ending March 30. In addition, he has been tabbed the Big South Player of the Week twice this season.
Seiz enters the weekend ranked nationally in several offensive categories. The second baseman ranks ninth in slugging percentage, 13th in total bases and 16th in home runs. He has also been listed on the Gregg Olson Award Watch List, presented to college baseball's "breakout player".
The finalists for the 28th Dick Howser Trophy presented by Easton Foundations will be announced on June 5. The 2014 award will be presented at TD Ameritrade Stadium in Omaha, Neb., on June 14, the opening day of the 2014 College World Series.
Seiz and the No. 21 Liberty Flames travel to Radford, Va., to close out their regular season against the Radford Highlanders, this weekend. The series opens tomorrow with a doubleheader scheduled for 2 p.m.