University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s Edwin DeLaCruz Named 2024 Dick Howser Trophy Semifinalist

The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association has released the list of semifinalists for the 2024 Dick Howser Trophy presented by The Game Headwear. The prominent award in college baseball is given to the top player based on national voting by NCBWA members.

The 2024 collegiate baseball season marks the 37th year of the Dick Howser Trophy. The 2024 award will be presented during the College World Series at Charles Schwab Field in Omaha, June 14th – 24th the (home of the College World Series).

HBCU Baseball University of Arkansas Pine Bluff (UAPB) senior standout player Edwin DeLaCruz was named as a semifinalist for the Dick Howser award.

DeLaCruz has been the total package at the plate, His .456 batting average leads UABP and is No. 1 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). He has gotten on base with his 62 hits and has added 21 walks with 9 hit by pitches. When DeLaCruz reaches base, he has swiped 11 of 12 bases. In 136 at bats, he’s collected 34 runs, 15 doubles, 3 triples, 2 home runs, and 32 runs batted in.

This year’s 68 candidates come from 18 different conferences and 48 different schools. DeLaCruz was the only candidate from HBCU baseball to be voted to the list. The SEC had 16 named to the list, with the ACC taking home 13.

The award is presented in honor of Dick Howser, a former Florida State University All-American, Florida State baseball coach and Major Leaguer who passed away from brain cancer in 1987. The criteria for consideration include on-field performance, leadership, moral character, and courage.

DeLaCruz is the first Golder Lion to be named to the semifinal list.

The finalists will be announced on Thursday, June 8. The award winner will be announced at Charles Schwab Field in Omaha, Nebraska on Thursday, June 13.

Christian Almanza, 1B, Saint Mary’s Caden Kendle, OF, UC Irvine
Edgar Alvarez, 1B, Nicholls Seaver King, 2B, Wake Forest
Billy Amick, 3B, Tennessee Josh Kuroda-Grauer, SS, Rutgers
John Anderson, 2B, Samford Nick Kurtz, 1B, Wake Forest
Jamie Arnold, SP, Florida State Alec Makarewicz, 3B, NC State
Evan Aschenbek, RP, Texas A&M T.J. McCants, OF, Alabama
Ethan Bates, RP, Louisiana Tech Cole McConell, OF, Louisiana Tech
Travis Bazzana, 2B, Oregon State Liam McFadden-Ackman, 1B, Northern Kentucky
Chris Beilenson, RP, Duke LP Langevin, RP, Louisiana
Carson Benge, UTIL, Oklahoma State Jace LaViolette, OF, Texas A&M
Brooks Bryan, C, Troy Caleb Lomavita, C, California
Chase Burns, SP, Wake Forest Izaak Martinez, RP, UC San Diego
Mason Burns, RP, Western Kentucky Matthew Matthjis, SP, North Carolina
Drew Burress, OF, Georgia Tech Lyle Miller-Green, OF, Austin Peay
Blake Burke, 1B, Tennessee Ben Miller, 3B, Duke
Ryan Campos, C, Arizona State Gage Miller, 3B, Alabama
Jac Caglianone, UTIL, Florida Braden Montgomery, OF, Texas A&M
Jakob Christian, OF, San Diego Christian Moore, 2B, Tennessee
Charlie Condon, 3B, Georgia Ryan Prager, SP, Texas A&M
Caleb Cozart, DH, UNC Greensboro Jake Reinisch, DH, Wake Forest
Carter Cunningham, 1B, East Carolina Michael Ross, SP, Samford
Kyle DeBarge, SS, Louisiana Brett Sears, SP, Nebraska
Edwin DeLaCruz, C, Arkansas-Pine Bluff Austin Smith, UTIL, San Diego
Daniel Dickinson, 2B, Utah Valley Cam Smith, 3B, Florida State
Jalin Flores, SS, Texas Hagen Smith, SP, Arkansas
Carter Gaston, SP, Portland James Tibbs III, OF, Florida State
Lawson Harrill, OF, Campbell Payton Tolle, SP, TCU
Luke Holman, SP, LSU JJ Wetherholt, SS, West Virginia
Bridger Holmes, RP, Oregon State Mason White, SS, Arizona
Vance Honeycutt, OF, North Carolina Tommy White, 3B, LSU
Walter Janek, C, Sam Houston Nick Wissman, RP, Dayton
Ryan Johnson, SP, DBU Jakob Wright, SP, Cal Poly
Dakota Jordan, OF, Mississippi State Blake Wright, 3B, Clemson
Keith Jones, OF, New Mexico State Trey Yesavage, SP, East Carolina

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