Troy Outfielder Danny Collins in the Running for Dick Howser Award

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MOBILE, Ala. – Troy University outfielder Danny Collins has been named a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association announced Thursday afternoon.

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 10 a.m. CT, the opening day of the 2013 CWS.

Collins, a junior, enters the final weekend of the regular season third in the country with 23 doubles in addition to ranking 12th in RBIs and runs scored, 15th in total bases, 26th in slugging percentage and 37th in home runs.

The Niceville, Fla., native is batting at a .353 clip with two triples, 10 home runs and 60 RBIs to go along with his 23 doubles. Collins, who was also named a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, has earned Sun Belt Player of the Week honors three times this year.

Collins was named the NCBWA National Player of the Week and the Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week earlier in the year after hitting for the cycle in the second game of the season.

He has hit safely in 42 of Troy’s 52 contests this season and reached base safely in all but three games. Collins has an extra-base hit in 27 different games and entered 28 games with a batting average over the .400 mark.

Troy is in Mobile, Ala., for a three-game Sun Belt Conference series with the league title on the line. The Trojans trail South Alabama by one game entering the season-ending series.

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