Dickerson Gets Team USA Invite, Named Howser Award Semifinalist
May 20, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Sophomore left fielder Alex Dickerson has been invited to the 2010 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Trials, USA Baseball announced today. Additionally, Dickerson was named one of 25 semifinalists for the Dick Howser Award, presented annually to the top collegiate baseball player by the National College Baseball Writers of America.
Dickerson is one of 38 players nationally invited to USA Baseball's Collegiate Team Trials. The team will go through a week of trials at USA Baseball's facility in Cary, N.C., at which point the team will be cut to a 22-man roster. The final roster will play a month-long schedule against international teams in the United States, Taiwan and Japan, while those who do not make the team will return to their originally scheduled summer teams.
The Poway, Calif., native is also one of three Big Ten players and one of 25 players nationally to be a semifinalist for the 2010 Dick Howser Trophy, the NCBWA announced. Dickerson is joined on the list by fellow conference members Alex Wimmers (Ohio State) and Ben Heath (Penn State). Five different conferences had three semifinalists each.
The membership of the NCBWA will choose the Dick Howser Trophy based on two rounds of national voting. Three 2010 finalists will be announced just prior to the first game of the College World Series with a press conference slated for Saturday, June 10, at 10 a.m. (CDT) at Rosenblatt Stadium. The winner will be named in a national broadcast from Lubbock, Texas, on Friday, July 2.
Dickerson currently sits atop the Big Ten conference in batting average (.411), home runs (23), RBI (71) and slugging percentage (.818). He entered the week fourth nationally in home runs, and with his 23rd home run of the season on Thursday, he tied Bill Mueller (1985) for second on IU's single-season list. He is tied with former National League All-Star Mickey Morandini for fifth in the Hoosiers' career list with 37 longballs.
IU is taking on Illinois in the final regular season series of the year at Sembower Field this weekend. The teams will do battle in game two of the series on Friday at 1 p.m. Game three is slated for Saturday at 1, when IU will honor its seniors prior to the game. Indiana took game one of the set, 11-5. Live audio and statistics for both games will be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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