St. Edward’s Brannon Easterling Wins 2013 Josh Willingham Award

easterlingBrannon Easterling, a junior pitcher for the St. Edward’s Hilltoppers, has been named the inaugural Josh Willingham Award winner. The honor goes to DII college baseball’s most valuable player.

Easterling was the ace of the St. Edward’s pitching staff which made its first ever trip to the DII Baseball Championships. The 6’5” righty from College Station, Texas tied for the national lead in victories and finished a historic Hilltopper campaign with a 2.10 ERA. He led the nation with an incredible 14 complete games, four of which were shutouts, and also topped the nation in innings pitched with 132.2. In his final game of the season he shutout Grand Canyon in the opening round of the DII Baseball Championships as he pitched SEU to a 1-0 win. Continue reading

Inaugural Josh Willingham Award Finalists Named

GVSU's Brad Zambron has been a valuable player on the Laker team since arrived on campus. The senior set the DII career saves record earlier this season and will be looking to extend that mark.

GVSU’s Brad Zambron has been a valuable player on the Lakers team since arrived on campus. The senior set the DII career saves record earlier this season and will be looking to extend that mark.

May 21, 2013 – The finalists for the inaugural Josh Willingham Award presented by College Baseball Lineup and D2BaseballNews.com have been announced.  The new annual award honors DII college baseball’s most valuable player – an individual who not only excels on the field, but in the dugout, clubhouse and practice field as well, and leads his team to national championship caliber status.

The determination of the finalists candidates and initial voting for the award has been made by a select panel of baseball sports information contacts, media members and former players. Once a group of finalists are selected, the panel will vote again and a fan Internet vote is planned to contribute to the selection of the winner.

The winner will be announced at the conclusion of the DII Baseball Championship held in Cary, NC from May 25th to June 1st.

Six of the eleven finalists are on teams currently preparing to play in the finals of the NCAA Division II Baseball Championship which begins May 25th and concludes June 1st.

For more information on the award visit www.willinghamaward.com.

NAME YR POS SCHOOL
Borgschulte, Matt Sr. OF Drury
Easterling, Brannon Jr. RHP St. Edward’s
Graham, Trevor Jr. RHP Franklin Pierce
Harris, David Sr. SS Southern Arkansas
Jay, Peter Sr. RHP New Haven
Kondla, Fico Jr. 1B Coker
Kregeloh, Pat Jr. UTL Shippensburg
Pendleton, Adam Sr. C Tampa
Peterson, Jordan So. RHP St. Joseph’s
Taska, Taylor Jr. UTL Texas A&M Kingsville
Zabron, Brad Sr. LHP Grand Valley State