Tide's Rutledge Quarterfinalist

LUBBOCK, Texas – Alabama junior shortstop Josh Rutledge has been named a quarterfinalist for the 2010 Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award, the College Baseball Foundation announced Tuesday. The revised list features 25 of the nation's finest shortstops.

The Wallace Award, sponsored by Mizuno, recognizes the nation's top shortstop and will be presented on July 2 in Lubbock, Texas, as part of the College Baseball Awards Show. The revised watch list features shortstops from 15 conferences, with the ACC, Big 12 and SEC leading the pack with three representatives each. Alabama's Josh Rutledge is joined by Arkansas' Tim Carver and LSU's Austin Nola as the only three SEC shortstops on the list.

"Josh has had a great year and really put up some big numbers for us, particularly in the last few weeks," Alabama Coach Mitch Gaspard said. "He was a first-team All-SEC shortstop last year and I feel like he has had that type of year for us this season. He is a tremendous hitter with a career-high seven home runs, and he has always been an excellent defensive shortstop."

Rutledge is hitting .367 (79-for-215) with seven home runs and 49 RBI in 48 starts this season. He leads the team in hits (79), doubles (13) and multi-hit games (26) and ranks second in average, runs scored (46), RBI (49) and stolen bases (11).

The Cullman native has hit safely in 23 of the Tide's 24 SEC games this season, including a 15-game hitting streak in conference play. He is also riding a six-game hitting streak, where he is hitting .433 (13-for-30) with three home runs and 13 RBI.

Rutledge leads the SEC with 215 at-bats and ranks third in hits (79) and plate appearances (237). He is also seventh in total bases (117), ninth in hitting (.367) and 11th in doubles (13). He leads the league with 113 at-bats in SEC games and ranks third in hits (41), fourth in plate appearances (140), ninth in RBI (24) and 10th in hitting (.363) and total bases (57).

A two-time All-SEC selection, Rutledge paces all SEC shortstops in hitting (.367) and RBI (49). He is second to UK's Taylor Black (9) in home runs with seven. He also has more at-bats, more runs, more hits and more stolen bases than any other shortstop in the SEC.

Rutledge recorded his 250th career hit against Florida on May 9 with a two-run single in the fourth inning. He is the eighth player in Tide history with 250 career hits, joining Andy Phillips (322, 1996-99), Brent Boyd (313, 1999-2002), Joe Caruso (309, 1994-97), Jeremy Brown (307, 1999-2002), G.W. Keller (292, 1997-99), David Magadan (268, 1981-83) and Emeel Salem (259, 2004-07).

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