Parr makes cut for national award

Illini center fielder Justin Parr was named a semifinalist for the 2013 Dick Howser Trophy, which is awarded to the top player in collegiate baseball, on Thursday.

The senior is among 40 semifinalists through two rounds of voting by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

The Dick Howser Trophy is named for the former Florida State All-America shortstop and major league player and manager, who died of brain cancer in 1987.

Parr is one of two Big Ten players on the semifinal list along with Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber.

Through Wednesday, Parr had the second-highest batting average in the NCAA (.430). The former Parkland College standout also recorded the second-longest hitting streak in the NCAA this season, a school-record 33 straight games.
 

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