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The Associated Press | June 5, 2014

Five finalists announced for Dick Howser Trophy

Oregon State's Ben Wetzler (left) and Michael Conforto. Oregon State's Ben Wetzler (left) and Michael Conforto.

OMAHA, Neb. -- Oregon State teammates Michael Conforto and Ben Wetzler are among five finalists for the Dick Howser Trophy, given to college baseball's top player.

Other finalists announced Thursday are pitcher Aaron Nola of LSU, catcher Max Pentecost of Kennesaw State and pitcher-first baseman A.J. Reed of Kentucky. The award is presented by Easton Foundations and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

Conforto, an outfielder, batted .345 with seven home runs. Wetzler had a nation-leading 0.78 ERA in 14 starts.

Nola had a 1.47 ERA and was second nationally with 134 strikeouts. Pentecost is second in the country with a .423 batting average. Reed leads the nation with 23 home runs, is third with 73 RBI and fourth in pitching wins with 12.

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