|[May 12, 2014]
Mississippi hardball fans will help decide who will be the next C Spire Ferriss Trophy winner honoring the state's top college baseball player
JACKSON, Miss. --(Business Wire)--
For the first time in the award's history, Mississippi hardball fans
will have the opportunity to take part in the voting for the C Spire
Ferriss Trophy, which annually honors the Magnolia state's top college
C Spire, along with the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum
(MSHOF), announced today that fan voting will count for 10 percent of
the 2014 Ferriss Trophy award. A 24-member panel of the state's college
baseball coaches and Major League baseball scouts whose territory
includes Mississippi will comprise the remaining 90 percent of the
"This gives fans a chance to help identify our state's best college
baseball players," said Rick Cleveland, executive director of the MSHOF
and co-sponsor of the award along with C Spire. "Major League Baseball
lets fans choose infielders and outfielders for the All-Star game.
Giving our fans, who are some of the most passionate in sports, the
chance to have a voice in the process will generate even more interest
in an award that has become synonymous with Mississippi college baseball
The C Spire Ferriss Trophy will be awarded during a May 19 luncheon
program at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in Jackson.
Among recent Ferriss Trophy winners are 2013 winner, Mississippi State
outfielder Hunter Renfroe, MSU pitcher Chris Stratton (2012), Southern
Miss outfielder Tyler Koelling (2011), Ole Miss pitcher Drew Pomeranz
(2010) and Belhaven University infielder and pitcher Craig Wescott
"College baseball fans across Mississippi are very passionate about
their schools and the star players in their respective programs," said
Jim Richmond, vice president of Corporate Communications for C Spire.
"We're excited about giving them the opportunity to vote for their
favorite players for the C Spire Ferriss Trophy."
The top five finalists for the 2014 Ferriss Trophy include Belhaven
University first baseman and reliefpitcher Tyler Akins, Ole Miss
outfielder Auston Bousfield, Ole Miss pitcher Chris Ellis, Mississippi
State reliever Jacob Lindgen and Mississippi State pitcher Ross Mitchell.
Fan voting will begin on Tuesday, May 13 at 9 a.m. CDT (News - Alert) and end on
Sunday, May 18 at 5 p.m. By visiting C Spire's new fan voting website, www.csopavoting.com,
fans can vote for their favorite college baseball player by simply
providing an email address and name, or connecting through Facebook or
Twitter (News - Alert). Once an account is created, the voting can begin and fans can
choose their first, second and third place winners. Fans will be able to
vote via Facebook (News - Alert), Twitter and text messaging and can submit up to three
votes per day during the week-long voting period.
Tickets are $35 each and available by calling the MSHOF offices or by
going online at http://msfame.com/c-spire-ferriss-trophy/.
Instead of a guest speaker this year, Ferriss will do a question and
answer session with audience participation.
The Ferriss Trophy presented by C Spire is named after Mississippi
baseball legend Dave "Boo" Ferriss, who played for Mississippi State and
the Boston Red Sox and was the long-time head baseball coach at Delta
2014 marks the 18th anniversary of the Outstanding Player Awards
presentation. C Spire has served as title sponsor for 15 of those years
since 1998. The Conerly Trophy in college football, the Howell Trophy in
men's college basketball, the Gillom Trophy in women's college
basketball and the Ferriss Trophy in college baseball comprise the four
elements of the C Spire Wireless Outstanding Player Award series.
About C Spire
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company that provides world-class, customer-inspired wireless
communications, 1 Gigabit consumer Internet access as well as a full
suite of dedicated Internet, wireless, IP Voice, data and cloud services
for businesses. This news release and other announcements are available
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