Ole Miss baseball senior Scott Weathersby has been named a finalist for the C Spire Ferriss Trophy, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum announced Monday. Weathersby is one of five finalists up for the award, named for Mississippi baseball legend Boo Ferriss, which will be presented to the most outstanding baseball player in the state of Mississippi at a luncheon on May 18.
Professional scouts and college coaches chose the five finalists and also will vote again this week from among the five. The coaches/scouts voting will comprise 90 percent of the final vote. Fan voting, conducted by C Spire, will account for the other 10 percent of the voting. Fan voting will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday and conclude at noonSunday. Voting will be done at www.csopavoting.com.
Weathersby has been electric on the mound throughout his final season as a Rebel. The Hattiesburg native has compiled a 4-1 record with three saves and a 2.39 ERA. In 49.0 innings, the senior right-hander has 48 strikeouts compared to just 12 walks, while holding opponents to a .208 average at the plate.
After making 47 appearances out of the bullpen to start his career, Weathersby was recently added to the weekend rotation. He won his first two starts with wins over Mississippi State and Missouri. In the Governor’s Cup, his first career start, he pitched a career-high seven scoreless innings and allowed just six hits, while striking out three. For his performance, he was named the Governor Cup’s Most Valuable Player.
Weathersby is no stranger to awards. Along with his Governor’s Cup MVP, he has been named a finalist for the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Postgraduate Scholarship, presented by the Southeastern Conference to the league’s top male and female student-athletes, alongside his wife Rachael. Also, Weathersby was named SEC Co-Pitcher of the Week, April 12, after a stellar performance against then-No. 1 Vanderbilt. In that outing, he tossed six scoreless frames, all extra innings, and struck out a career-high 10 hitters to help lead the Rebels to a 6-5 comeback victory over the nation’s top-ranked team.
Weathersby is looking to become the sixth Diamond Rebel to win the Ferriss Trophy. Last season, Ole Miss outfielder Auston Bousfield took home the honor, joining previous Rebels Stephen Head (2004), Brian Pettway (2005), Scott Bittle (2008) and Drew Pomeranz (2010) in claiming the award.
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