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First 2018 Brooks Wallace Award Watch List announced

 

 

LUBBOCK, Texas -- A group of 53 of the most talented athletes in Division I college baseball headline the 2018 Brooks Wallace Award Watch List, the College Baseball Foundation announced Thursday.

The award, sponsored by Mizuno, honors the nation's top shortstop and will be presented this summer by the College Baseball Foundation. It is named for former Texas Tech shortstop Brooks Wallace, who played for the Red Raiders from 1977 to 1980. Wallace died of leukemia at the age of 27.

"So many of these young men not only field their position well but also can hit with the best of them," said Larry Wallace, co-chairman of the Brooks Wallace Award. "Brooks would be amazed at some of the power exhibited in today's game."

The watch list features some of the most recognizable names in college baseball who have either paced perennial powers or led some relative newcomers to new heights.

Jeremy Eierman from Missouri State is the only player on the watch list to also appear on the Golden Spikes Award Watch List. The junior is hitting .303 with five home runs and 27 RBI for the co-leaders of the Missouri Valley Conference. Also on the list is Florida standout Deacon Liput. The junior has the defending champions ranked No. 1 in the country and is hitting .322 with 20 RBI.

Second-ranked Stanford is being paced by junior Nico Hoerner, who is hitting .291 with a pair of home runs and 16 RBI, and Hoerner is also fielding at a .981 clip for the Cardinal. Third-ranked Arkansas is also represented by junior Jax Biggers, who is hitting .308 with three home runs and 19 RBI.

But it's not just the big-name schools represented on the watch list.

One of the hottest teams in the nation is Tennessee Tech, which has racked up 21 straight victories while running roughshod over the Ohio Valley Conference. Senior David Garza is a big reason why, hitting .336 with six home runs and 39 RBI.

Seth Lancaster has 2016 College World Series champion Coastal Carolina in the hunt for the postseason. The senior is hitting .321 with 11 home runs and 33 RBI.

"The college game is taking on a Major League feel, i.e. shortstops like Carlos Correa of the World Series Champion Astros, as so many players hit for high average and power," said Tom Quigley, co-chairman of the Brooks Wallace Award. "This year it will be a tough choice to narrow down the field for the award. A lot of conferences are represented, and we are seeing so much depth nationwide in NCAA baseball."

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BROOKS WALLACE AWARD WATCH LIST

Name

School

Conference

Jax Biggers

Arkansas

SEC

Vinny Capra

Richmond

Atlantic 10

Chris Cook

East Tennessee State

Southern

Logan Davidson

Clemson

ACC

Cole Daily

Notre Dame

ACC

Michael Davis

Texas Tech

Big 12

Scott Dubrule

Jacksonville

Atlantic Sun

Jeremy Eierman

Missouri State

Missouri Valley

Ike Freeman

North Carolina

ACC

Andrew Fregia

Sam Houston State

Southland

Tyler Fitzgerald

Louisville

ACC

Matt Forlow

Manhattan

Metro Atlantic

David Garza

Tennessee Tech

Ohio Valley

Jimmy Glowenke

Dallas Baptist

Missouri Valley

Nick Grande

Stony Brook

American East

Cadyn Grenier

Oregon State

Pac-12

Chris Givin

Xavier

Big East

Michael Hartnagel

Butler

Big East

Nico Hoerner

Stanford

Pac-12

Will Holland

Auburn

SEC

Connor Kaiser

Vanderbilt

SEC

Ryland Kerr

Eastern Kentucky

Ohio Valley

Grae Kessinger

Mississippi

SEC

Zach Kone

Duke

ACC

Connor Kopach

Southern Illinois

Missouri Valley

Garrett Kueber

Austin Peay

Ohio Valley

Seth Lancaster

Coastal Carolina

Sun Belt

Andres Lipcius

Tennessee

SEC

Deacon Liput

Florida

SEC

Reid Leonard

Morehead State

Ohio Valley

Robbie Metz

George Washington

Atlantic 10

Owen Miller

Illinois State

Missouri Valley

Ryne Ogren

Elon

Colonial

Joey Ortiz

New Mexico State

WAC

Jake Palomaki

Boston College

ACC

Michael Perri

San Francisco

West Coast

Robert Salazar

Abilene Christian

Southland

Mike Salvatore

Florida State

ACC

Matt Sanders

Troy

Sun Belt

Max Schuemann

Eastern Michigan

Mid-American

Sam Shaikin

Valparaiso

Horizon

Cam Shepard

Georgia

SEC

Braden Shewmake

Texas A&M

SEC

Dalton Skelton

Louisiana Tech

Conference USA

Josh Somdecerff

Central Arkansas

Southland

Bryson Stott

UNLV

Mountain West

Marshawn Taylon

Grambling

SWAC

Cameron Thompson

Kansas State

Big 12

Terrin Vavra

Minnesota

Big Ten

Will Wilson

North Carolina State

ACC

Tyler Yamaguchi

Northern Colorado

WAC

David Yanni

Pittsburgh

ACC

RJ Yeager

Mercer

Southern

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