Tide's Rutledge On Shortstop List

LUBBOCK, Texas – Alabama junior shortstop Josh Rutledge has been named to the initial 2010 Brooks Wallace Award watch list, the College Baseball Foundation and Hall of Fame announced. The Brooks Wallace Award is presented annually to the nation's top collegiate shortstop. The award will be presented in Lubbock, Texas, on July 2 as part of the College Baseball Awards Show.

Rutledge is the Crimson Tide's second leading hitter with a .387 (29-for-75) average with three home runs and 23 RBI from the No. 2 spot in the batting order. He leads Alabama with 25 runs scored and has added seven doubles and is a perfect 6-for-6 in stolen bases. He has a .627 slugging percentage and a .429 on-base mark this season.

"I've said all along, we have one of the best infields in the country and Josh Rutledge is a major reason for that success," Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard said. "He is such a solid player and makes plays at shortstop that you think cannot be made. He has great range and a strong arm. He also plays a major role in the success of our offense. Josh is deserving of this recognition."

The Cullman native is riding a 13-game hitting streak for the Crimson Tide. He scored an SEC-high five runs in the Tide's 25-1 win over Illinois-Chicago on Feb. 27 and recorded an SEC-best eight assists against Stony Brook on March 12.

Rutledge is third in the SEC in runs scored and ranks among the league leaders in doubles (3rd), RBI (7th), total bases (8th) and batting average (10th).

He anchors an Alabama defense that ranks second in the SEC with a .979 fielding percentage this season. The Crimson Tide has played nine errorless games thus far. Rutledge has committed only two errors (.974) in 78 chances at shortstop for the Tide.

Rutledge is one of only five SEC shortstops named to the initial watch list this season.

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