Dirks named to Wallace Watch List

LSU pitcher Clay Dirks has been named to the 2006 Wallace Award Watch List released by the College Baseball Foundation in Lubbock, Texas.

The Brooks Wallace Award is presented annually to the national college baseball player of the year.

Dirks, a junior left-hander from Hernando, Miss., was a 2005 second-team all-SEC selection as he posted a 10-4 record and a 3.24 ERA with 67 strikeouts and 27 walks in 94.1 innings. He was named SEC Pitcher of the Week on April 25 after firing a three-hit shutout at Arkansas. Dirks fired 124 pitches against the Razorbacks, allowing just three singles with no walks and a career-best eight strikeouts.

Dirks was 8-2 with a 3.43 ERA in 2004, earning Freshman all-America and Freshman all-SEC recognition. He was named National Pitcher of the Week after hurling a four-hit shutout on March 2 against Tulane.

The Wallace Watch will be trimmed to 12 semi-finalists by late May. The selection committee will then narrow the list to three finalists following the NCAA Super Regionals at a press conference in Omaha, Neb. The finalists, their head coaches, and their parents will be invited to Lubbock for a schedule of special events tied to the award banquet, which will be nationally televised by Fox Sports.

The selection committee for the Wallace Award is comprised of a national panel of preeminent coaches, sports information directors, former winners and beat media who most closely follow the sport. Screening Committee members will evaluate the candidates and will continue their review throughout the entire baseball season. The list will expand and contract during the regular season and additional Wallace Watch candidates may be added as the season progresses.

Dedicated to the memory of former Texas Tech shortstop and assistant coach, Wallace was a slick-fielding shortstop at Texas Tech from 1977 to 1980. A four-year starter, he was named All-Southwest Conference and All-District Six his senior year when he led the Red Raiders to their first-ever appearance in the Southwest Conference Tournament.

After playing two years in the Texas Rangers organization, Wallace returned to Texas Tech and served as a graduate assistant and later as an assistant coach. In the summer of 1984 he was diagnosed with cancer and fought the disease courageously until his death on March 24, 1985, at age 27. The Plano, Texas, native was married to the former Sandy Arnold and they had one daughter, Lindsay Ryan.

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