DENVER - NM State duo Nick Gonzales and Joey Ortiz are among 26 players that have been named a semifinalist for the 2019 Dick Howser Trophy as announced by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America (NCBWA).
Gonzales, a sophomore second baseman from Vail, Ariz., leads the nation with a .442 batting average and is ranked second nationally in on-base percentage at .537. He also has 76 RBIs to go with 19 doubles, four triples, 15 home runs and 77 runs scored in 49 games played.
Ortiz, a junior shortstop from Garden Grove, Calif., is the DI leader in hits (97), runs (78), RBIs (82) and triples (10). He also leads the WAC in doubles (24) and total bases (165).
The WAC was one of five conferences to have multiple players listed, joining the SEC (6), Pac-12 (6), ACC (4) and Big 12 (3). NM State was also one of six schools to have two players listed, joining Arizona State, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and UCLA.
The last WAC player to be named a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy was NM State catcher Tanner Rust in 2013. The finalists will be announced on June 6 and the winner will be unveiled on June 15 in Omaha on the opening day of the College World Series.
2019 Dick Howser Trophy Semifinalists
Hunter Bishop, OF, Arizona State
JJ Bleday, OF, Vanderbilt
Reid Detmers, P, Louisville
Ryan Garcia, P, UCLA
Nick Gonzales, 2B, NM State
Emerson Hancock, P, Georgia
Kody Hoese, 3B, Tulane
Josh Jung, 3B, Texas Tech
Chris Lanzilli, OF, Wake Forest
Jake Mangum, OF Mississippi State
Alek Manoah, P, West Virginia
Austin Martin, 3B, Vanderbilt
Casey Martin, SS, Arkansas
Kyle McCann, C, Georgia Tech
Patrick McColl, 1B, Harvard
Joey Ortiz, SS, New Mexico State
Jack Ralston, P, UCLA
Adley Rutschman, C, Oregon State
Jake Sanford, OF, Western Kentucky
Bobby Seymour, 1B, Wake Forest
Ethan Small, P, Mississippi State
Noah Song, P, Navy
Zack Thompson, P, Kentucky
Spencer Torkelson, 1B, Arizona State
Andrew Vaughn, 1B, California
Davis Wendzel, 3B, Baylor