Reed a semifinalist for Howser Trophy

Kentucky's A.J. Reed has been named a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, an award presented to the top player in college baseball, it was announced Friday by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

Reed currently leads the NCAA in home runs and slugging percentage while pacing the SEC in a slew of additional categories, including RBI and pitching wins.

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The 6-foot-4, 240-pound junior from Terre Haute, Ind., is one of six SEC players on the Howser Trophy semifinalist list, joining Will Allen (Ole Miss), Austin Anderson (Ole Miss), Walker Buehler (Vanderbilt), Aaron Nola (LSU) and Joel Seddon (South Carolina).

Reed has put together one of the best statistical seasons in college baseball history, hitting .353 while leading the NCAA in homers (21), slugging (.763) and OPS (1.255). He also leads the SEC in RBI (65), total bases (145), walks (41), wins (10) and innings pitched (98).

He is seeking to become the league's first triple crown winner since Rafael Palmeiro (.415, 29, 94) accomplished the feat at Mississippi State in 1984, the only other time it has occurred.

A first-team preseason All-America selection by Baseball America, Reed added to his impressive season totals with eight innings of shutout pitching and a 4-for-6 hitting night Thursday in a 13-0 win over Georgia that clinched a spot in the SEC Tournament for the Wildcats.

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