In the same year that Mississippi State’s Jake Mangum broke the all-time SEC hit record, the award going to the top collegiate baseball player in the Magnolia state could still go to somebody else.
Mangum headlines the list of five finalists for the 2019 Boo Ferriss Trophy announced today, setting the stage for one of the most unpredictable results in the 16 year history of the award.
The senior centerfielder has better numbers than he did when he won it as a freshman in 2016, but that does little to guarantee the same outcome.
His teammate and Friday night starter Ethan Small is 7-1 with a sub 2 ERA to go along with 132 strikeouts in 78 innings.
At Southern Miss, Matt Wallner is having yet another strong season for the Golden Eagles, having clobbered 15 more home runs to give him 50 for his career.
The other two finalists belong to Ole Miss in the form of Grae Kessinger and Tyler Keenan. The former has a team-leading 17 doubles and a .426 batting average in league play while the latter is boasting 11 home runs to go along with 55 RBI.
Of the previous 15 winners, eight of them have been position players, five have been pitchers, and two have been combo players. Nick Sandlin from Southern Miss won the Ferriss Trophy in 2018.