Sabourin added to Olerud Award watch list

Indiana first baseman Jerrud Sabourin has been named to the John Olerud Award watch list for the best two-way player in college baseball (two-way meaning he pitches at times). I know there’s not a huge amount of IU baseball interest on this blog, but I simply find it interesting that they named an award after John Olerud.

From IU sports information

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Junior 1B/LHP Jerrud Sabourin has been named to the 2010
John Olerud Award Watch List, the College Baseball Foundation announced
today. Sabourin is one of 25 players in the nation to be named to the list,
which features the best two-way players around the country. He is the only
Big Ten representative on the list.

Sabourin is currently second in the Big Ten with his .408 average and 80
hits, trailing only his teammate, Alex Dickerson, in both categories. The
lefty has started 163 consecutive games for the Hoosiers and is currently
fifth on IU’s career hit list with 253 hits. He also has a career average of
.375, which ranks him sixth in Hoosier lore. He was a Second Team All-Big
Ten honoree as a sophomore.

This season, the southpaw has chipped in on the mound as well, making three
starts and posting a 1-0 record and a 4.67 ERA. He has surrendered just four
walks in his 17 1/3 innings of work to 11 strikeouts in eight appearances.
He collected his first career win against Eastern Illinois on Indiana’s
Spring Trip, going five innings for the victory.

Sabourin’s path to the Hoosiers was a bit unconventional, as the San Diego
native originally committed to Arizona as a pitcher, but was cut on the
first day of fall practice. Smith saw the lefty in a workout and offered him
a roster spot as a walk-on at the winter break before the 2008 season.

Sabourin and the Hoosiers will play host to Kentucky on Tuesday at 4 p.m. at
Sembower Field. Admission is free to all IU baseball home games. Live audio
and statistics will be available at


  1. Interested! What’s the scoop on Knoblauch? A wasted year or can he still redshirt? Is he still a prospect?

  2. Who should the award be named for do you think?

    I watched IU baseball v. Minnesota and IU softball v. Purdue recently on B10 network and thought it was great.

  3. Hey GFDave, definitely wasn’t arguing against it. If you look at his college career, it makes perfect sense. He’s just one of those lower-case stars from my youth who just seemed to disappear from my conscience, then all the sudden reappears, causing me to remember that he once hit .363 to lead the American League in hitting and flirting with .400 for a stretch. I don’t know your age, but for people who started their fanship in the ’70s and ’80s, I think it would be like seeing the name ‘Bill Madlock.’ Obviously a good player. Won at least one batting title if I remember correctly. But not someone who finds his way into conversation after his retirement. Maybe I’m wrong.
    Bobbie Sue, I don’t know, but I will find out. He has played in a bunch of games, so I doubt a redshirt is still possible, but I will check into it.

  4. I’ll always remember Olerud for wearing his batting helmet in the field and for being one of the most under the radar players of his era. The guy has lots of hardware for somebody people don’t talk about a lot. Not a hall of famer, but just one rung below.

  5. Great article, thanks for the info. IU baseball’s been stringing together a few good seasons and putting some players in the draft, I believe they had two sandwich picks last year. Looks like we have a couple that could go in the next few years too. Loved Olerud, one of the best of his era, but yes a step below a hall of famer. I believe the helmet was a result of a head injury he suffered early in his carrear, then it just bacame a habit so he kept doing it. Oh and as a Cubs fan, thanks Bobbie for the Brooks Kieschniek reference, that’s a name I hadn’t heard in a minute! GO HOOSIERS!!

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