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College roundup: Wildcats update logo, add women's coach

Published: Friday, May 18 2012 10:40 p.m. MDT

The Dick Howser Trophy, given in memory of the former Florida State University All-America shortstop and major league player and manager, who died of brain cancer in 1987, is regarded by many as college baseball's most prestigious award. Criteria for consideration of the trophy include performance on the field, leadership, moral character and courage, qualities that were exemplified by Dick Howser's life.

Dick Howser Award Semifinalists

Mark Appel, P, Stanford

Robert Benincasa, RP, Florida State

Sean Bignall, OF, Arkansas-Little Rock

Trent Blank, P, Baylor

Austin Elkins, 2B, Dallas Baptist

Marty Gantt, OF, College of Charleston

Marco Gonzales, UT, Gonzaga

Andrew Heaney, P, Oklahoma State

Brock Hebert, 2B, Southeastern Louisiana

D.J. Hicks, 1B, UCF

Goose Kallunki, 1B, Utah Valley

Daniel Kassouf, DH, Appalachian State

Stefan Lopez, RP, Southeastern Louisiana

Michael Lorenzen, UT, Cal State Fullerton

Josh Ludy, C, Baylor

Luke Maile, C, Kentucky

Jamodrick McGruder, 2B, Texas Tech

Trenton Moses, 3B, Southeast Missouri

Chris O'Grady, RP, George Mason

D.J. Petersen, 3B, New Mexico

Nick Petree, P, Missouri State

Kevin Plawecki, C, Purdue

Danny Poma, OF, Hofstra

James Ramsey, OF, Florida State

Matthew Reckling, P, Rice

Carlos Rodon, P, NC State

Chris Rowley, P, Army

Raph Rhymes, OF, LSU

Zach Stephens, 1B, Tennessee Tech

Chris Stratton, P, Mississippi State

Ross Stripling, P, Texas A&M

Michael Wacha, P, Texas A&M

Michael Wagner, RP, San Diego

Alex Yarbrough, 2B, Ole Miss

Mike Zunino, C, Florida

SLCC BASEBALL: At West Jordan, the No. 2 Bruins (45-9, 31-6 SWAC) topped the 'Lopes of Lamar Community College (46-11, 6-4) by a score of 6-4 in NJCAA Division I Western District playoff action. After falling earlier in the day to Western Nevada College (45-16) by a score of 3-2, the Bruins rallied to earn a shot at winning the Division I Western District Championship on Saturday. Having lost to WNC once, the Bruins will need two wins against the Wildcats in order to win the double-elimination tourney.

DIXIE STATE BASEBALL: At Keizer, Ore., Dixie State failed to score with runners in scoring position in the fifth inning and Chico State pushed across four runs to defeat the Red Storm 5-1 in the NCAA West Regional tournament.

Dixie State faces a rematch with UC San Diego at 2 p.m. Saturday in an elimination game. The Tritons eliminated the host Wolves of Western Oregon to stay alive in the regional. The DSC-UCSD winner will turn around and meet Chico State in the Regional Championship at 6 p.m.

SLCC SOFTBALL: At St. George, the Bruins defeated Blinn College 6-1 at the NJCAA Nationals, advancing to play No. 1 seed Chattanooga State Community College.

Bruin starter MaCauley Flint threw a gem, going five innings, allowing one run on two hits, walking one and striking out six. Ariel Zimmerman came on in relief and threw two shutout innings, only allowing two hits and striking out four.

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