LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech baseball's Orlando Garcia, Steven Gingery and John McMillon have been named to three award semifinalist watch lists from the College Baseball Foundation, it was announced today.
Garcia is one of 13 selections for the 2017 Brooks Wallace Award, which honors the nation's top shortstop and is named after former Texas Tech shortstop Brooks Wallace. Gingery highlights one of 21 semifinalists for the Pitcher of the Year Award, while McMillon is among nine listed for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award.
All three awards will be presented at the 2017 College Baseball Hall of Fame's Night of Champions later in the summer.
Garcia, a junior infielder from El Paso, has put together a .304 average at the plate with 56 hits, including eight doubles, three triples and 11 homers. He ranks second in the Big 12 in RBI with 53 and slugging percentage at .560, with his 11 home runs sitting in third in the conference standings. He is one of seven Red Raiders hitting above .300 this season, helping Tech to a team-average of .303 and 374 runs, as both totals lead the Big 12 in 2017.
On April 10, Garcia was named Big 12 Player of the Week, as well as Collegiate Baseball Newspaper National Player of the Week.
Sophomore left-hander pitcher Gingery has had a strong second year in the scarlet & black. The Huntington Beach, California, native is 8-1 over 12 starts in 2017. Over 74.1 innings, Gingery has allowed just 13 earned runs, striking out 86 and holding opposing batters to a measly .169 average for a 1.57 ERA. In conference play, Gingery is 4-1 this season with 47 K's and a 1.91 ERA.
After the second week of the year, Gingery was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week, while also garnering midseason All-America honors from D1 Baseball and Perfect Game early in April. On April 12, he was named to the Golden Spikes Award Midseason watch list. His eight wins lead the conference and ranks 11th in the country.
McMillon, a freshman from Jasper, has made 20 appearances out of the bullpen for the Red Raiders this season, recording two wins and five saves. Over 19.0 innings pitched, McMillon has racked up 21 strikeouts and allowed only seven hits. At the plate, McMillon has launched eight homers this season with 14 RBI and 14 runs scored.
The Red Raiders return to action in one week at home against Kansas on May 18-20 at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.