Tuesday, June 2, 2015

OU Baseball: Tasin an Olerud Award Semifinalist


University of Oklahoma baseball's Robert Tasin (Klein, Texas) has been named a semifinalist for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award, presented by the College Baseball Foundation. Tasin, a right-handed pitcher and left-handed hitter, is one of 10 players to land on the semi-finalist list.

The award is given annually to the nationals top combo pitcher-position player. Olerud, a first baseman and left-handed pitcher at Washington State from 1987-89, was a consensus All-American and the Baseball America Player of the Year in 1988. A third round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays in 1989, Olerud went on to a 17-year career in Major League Baseball and in 2007 was inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.

As a fifth-year senior, Tasin emerged as the most consistent performer in the Sooners’ rotation. He posted a 9-2 record with a 2.52 earned run average and .222 batting average against, while striking out 57 in 78.2 innings of work. At the plate, Tasin hit .260 (26-for-100) with 19 runs batted in.

Prior to this season, Tasin had never registered an at-bat at Oklahoma or made a weekend start on the mound. He began hitting in the offseason to add depth for the Sooners from the left side of the plate. On opening day, Tasin recorded the first hit of his career and drove in his first run with an infield-single to second. Two days later, he made his first weekend start and hit seventh in the OU lineup; earning the win on the mound.

After a stint in the bullpen, Tasin made his way back into the weekend rotation after five-scoreless innings of relief to beat No. 10 Texas Tech. In Big 12 play, he would finish with a perfect 5-0 record, 2.70 ERA and 28 strikeouts. His five wins in conference were the most by a Sooner since Michael Rocha and Burch Smith each won five games in 2011.

Tasin’s final game on the mound for Oklahoma came in an elimination game at the Big 12 Championship last week. He picked up the win over West Virginia in seven-dominant innings of one-run ball on seven hits and five strikeouts. He drove in one run on a single late in the game and followed up with a two-RBI game to beat Kansas State, 3-1, and advance to the semifinals.

Tasin was previously honored as an All-Big 12 Second Team selection.


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