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Bona's Johnson a finalist for Olerud Award

Thad Johnson, a St. Bonaventure junior from Frewsburg, is one of 10 finalists for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award presented to a college player who excels as a pitcher and positional player.

Johnson, a third baseman, batted .354 with 13 doubles, three homer runs and 31 RBIs this season. As a pitcher he saved eight games in 18 appearances with a 1.44 earned-run average. He ranked fifth in the Atlantic 10 in batting average and fourth in saves.

The Olerud Award, presented by the National College Baseball Hall of Fame, was created in honor of the former Washington State and Major League Baseball standout. Olerud excelled as a first baseman and pitcher in college and was inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007.

The award will be presented as part of the Hall of Fame's Night of Champions celebration June 28-29 in Lubbock, Texas.

The other finalists for the award are:

Elliot Ashbeck, junior, Bradley; Cole Hallum, junior, Campbell; Andrew Lee, junior, Tennessee; Reid Love, senior, East Carolina; Brendan McKay, freshman, Louisville; Tyler Peyton, junior, Iowa; Alex Robles, sophomore, Austin Peay; Anthony Sequeira, senior, Oral Roberts, and Robert Tasin, senior, Oklahoma.

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