UNM's Peterson Named Dick Howser Trophy Semifinalist

May 17, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - University of New Mexico first baseman DJ Peterson has been named a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy for the second straight season. He is one of 40 semifinalists and the only player from the Mountain West on the list.

"DJ is a first-round draft pick and the best hitter in the country," UNM head coach Ray Birmingham said. "This is well-deserved."

The Dick Howser Trophy, given in memory of the former Florida State University All-America shortstop and major league player and manager, who died of brain cancer in 1987, is regarded by many as college baseball's most prestigious award. Criteria for consideration of the trophy include performance on the field, leadership, moral character and courage, qualities that were exemplified by Howser's life.

Peterson, who was named Co-Mountain West Player of the Year in 2012 with teammate Mitch Garver, is having an even better season in 2013. He won the Triple Crown in the MW last season and is on pace to do so again. He leads the conference in batting (.408), home runs (16) and RBI (63). Additionally, he has already surpassed his 2012 totals in runs scored, doubles, triples, stolen bases, and he has higher slugging and on-base percentages.

He has done this despite the fact that teams constantly pitch around him, especially with men on base. He has walked 40 times this season, already seven more than in 2012, and that includes 15 intentional free passes and a whopping five walks in one game vs. UC Riverside on March 9.

This is the 27th year of the Dick Howser Trophy presented by Easton Foundations. The finalists will be announced on Thursday, June 6. The 2013 award will be presented at TD Ameritrade Stadium in downtown Omaha, the home of the College World Series for the third year. The winner will be unveiled on Saturday, June 15 at 9 a.m. (MT), the opening day of the 2013 CWS.