OMAHA, Neb. — Arkansas-Monticello senior Ben Agredano made the list of eight finalists for the Josh Willingham Award, presented to the most valuable player in NCAA Division II baseball.
Agredano, a second baseman, led UAM to a second straight runner-up finish in the Great American Conference and first-ever appearance in an NCAA regional tournament. Joining him on the list of finalists are Lynn (Fla.) utility man Sal Giardina Jr., Colorado Mesa outfielder Austin Kaiser, Southern Indiana outfielder Kyle Kempf, Southern Arkansas outfielder Trevor Rucker, Drury (Missouri) outfield Nick Thimesch, Texas A&M-Kingsville shortstop Derrick Walls and Millersville (Pennsylvania) pitcher Adam Zipko.
The award is named after the current Minnesota Twins outfielder who was a two-time All-American at North Alabama. The winner will be selected following this week’s Division II College World Series.
Colorado Mesa eliminated top-ranked Tampa 3-2 in the semifinal round Friday and will play Southern Indiana on Saturday for the national championship.
— I.C. Murrell