Photos and story courtesy of Princeton Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The recognition for Princeton baseball’s Mike Ford continues to come in, as the Tiger pitcher/first baseman was named to the 12-player John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award watch list, it was announced Friday.
The award, named for the Washington State star who achieved success as both a first baseman and a right-handed pitcher, will be presented as part of the annual College Baseball Hall of Fame's Night of Champions on June 29 in Lubbock, Texas.
"It's great to see athletes in smaller conferences be so successful," said Chris Curbo, Olerud Award co-chair, "especially because these young men are making dual contributions to their teams."
Ford had an unprecedented season, becoming the first player to win both Ivy League Player and Pitcher of the Year honors in the same season and a career. He is also the only player to win all three top league honors, earning Rookie of the Year in 2011. The junior also was a unanimous double First-Team All-Ivy selection at pitcher and first base.
On the mound, he went 6-0 and boasted a 0.98 ERA, fourth-best in all of NCAA Division I. In nine starts, he tallied five complete games, eighth-best in the nation, and a shutout victory. Ford only allowed seven earned runs, no home runs and held opposing batters to .191 against, to lead all Ivy pitchers.
At the plate, Ford hit .320 (47-for-147) for second-best on the team. He ranked in the top-10 in the Ivy League in 10 categories, including No. 1 in walks (31), No. 2 in home runs (6), No. 3 in RBI (38) and No. 4 in on-base percentage (.443).
Ford nearly won the triple crown in league play, with Ivy-bests in homers (5) and RBI (22), but finished second in batting average (.394) to teammate Alec Keller.