UC Irvine senior Ronnie Shaeffer is one of 15 semifinalists for college baseball’s 2013 Johnny Bench Award.
Shaeffer entered the final week of the regular season hitting .298 with three home runs and 34 runs batted in.
Through May 15, he ranked No 28 in the nation in the “Toughest to Strikeout” category and defensively, had allowed just 14 stolen bases, holding opposing teams to a .467 steal average, second best among the semifinalists. Opposing teams had attempted 30 steals against Shaeffer, second-fewest among the catchers vying for the award.
The award recognizes the nation’s top collegiate catcher as voted on by Division I coaches.
The finalists will be announced June 4, with a final vote among the national committee occurring during the College World Series. The winner will be announced at the 16th Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on June 27.
— From staff reports