Scott Baker, a sophomore pitcher on the Ball State baseball team in 2013, has added two postseason honors to his Mid-American Conference Pitcher of the Year award. He has been selected to the Louisville Slugger All-America Third Team and has been chosen as one of six finalists for the inaugural Gregg Olson Award as college baseball's breakout player of the year.
Baker completed the season with a school record 12 pitching victories, a 12-2 overall record and a 2.18 earned-run average. Baker pitched 111.2 innings, and struck out 88 batters. He managed a 6-1 record in MAC games with a 1.58 ERA and limited league hitters to a .215 batting average against him. Baker ranks sixth in the nation in victories (12), 14th in games started (16) and 20th in complete games (5).
He became the first Ball State pitcher to earn MAC Pitcher of the Year honors since 2005 and only the third Cardinals' pitcher to ever receive the honor. Baker is now the first Ball State baseball player to receive All-America recognition since Kolbrin Vitek in 2010.
The Gregg Olson Award is presented by Toolshed Sports and honors the top amateur baseball player who elevated his game to an elite level throughout the season. The award is named for the former Auburn pitching great and two-time All-American.
Baker was 0-1 in 15 appearances with a 6.15 ERA in 33.2 innings in 2012. Under the guidance of head coach Rich Maloney, the Cardinals finished the season with a 31-24 overall record and placed second in the MAC West Division with a 15-12 mark. Ball State advanced to the championship game of the MAC Tournament before losing in the title game.
The winner of the Gregg Olson Award will be announced in Omaha, Neb., during the College World Series.