LUBBOCK, Texas – Washington's Tim Lincecum, Houston's Brad Lincoln, North Carolina's Andrew Miller, Cal State Fullerton's Wes Roemer and San Francisco's Scott Cousins join new additions Kellen Kulbacki of James Madison, Kentucky's Ryan Strieby, Oklahoma State's Tyler Mach, Drew Saylor of Kent State and Luke Gorsett of Nebraska among the nominees on the revised 2006 Wallace Watch released Sunday by the College Baseball Foundation in Lubbock, TX. The Brooks Wallace Award is presented annually to the national college baseball player of the year. Alex Gordon of Nebraska was the winner of the 2005 Brooks Wallace Award.
The Wallace Award Executive Committee identified additional players as student-athletes whose accomplishments on the field this spring has warranted their inclusion into the selection process. The Wallace Watch will be trimmed to the semi-finalist round by Sunday, May 21, 2005. The selection committee will narrow the list to three finalists following the NCAA Super Regionals and make that announcement in Omaha on Thursday, June 15, 2005. The finalists, their head coaches and parents will be invited to Lubbock, where they will participate in a two-day celebration of college baseball on July 3-4, which will feature the theme ‘The Past Meets Present'.
The CBF will kick off the festivities on Monday, July 3rd with the third annual Brooks Wallace College Baseball Player of the Year Award dinner to be held at the United Spirit Arena, on the campus of Texas Tech University. The three finalists will also meet the Inaugural 2006 College Baseball Hall of Fame Class who also will be recognized during the ceremony and enshrined during the Official Induction Ceremonies on Tuesday, July 4th.
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 4-year starter, he was named All-Southwest Conference and All-District Six his senior year when he lead the Red Raiders to their first-ever appearance in the Southwest Conference Tournament. After playing two years in the Texas Rangers organization, he 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.
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. Additional
Wallace Watch candidates may be added as the season progresses. Voting for the three finalists and the Wallace Award winner will be
conducted by confidential balloting, with totals tabulated by the J.W.Anderson
& Associates accounting firm in Lubbock, TX.