Hochevar finalist for Player of Year

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Tennessee baseball player Luke Hochevar has been selected as one three finalists for the 2005 Brooks Wallace College Player of the Year Award, the College Baseball Foundation announced Monday. Hochevar is joined on the list of finalists by TCU pitcher Lance Broadway and Nebraska third baseman Alex Gordon.

The Wallace Award marks the third major player/pitcher of the year award to tab Hochevar as a finalist this season. The junior right-hander from Fowler, Colo., is among the five finalists for the 2005 Golden Spikes Award and is also one of three finalists for the 2005 Roger Clemens Award. Hochevar is the only player in the country to appear on the list of finalists for all three awards.

Hochevar leads the nation with 15 wins this season while also boasting a 2.09 ERA. He owns the Tennessee single-season record for strikeouts with 151 and ranks second on UT's career wins list with 25. Hochevar, Broadway and Gordon, along with their parents and head coaches, will travel to Lubbock, Texas, for a golf tournament and a schedule of related activities in addition to the annual award banquet.

The banquet will be held Thurs., June 30 at the United Spirit Arena on the Texas Tech University campus. Information regarding the sale of individual tickets, as well as group and corporate tables to the VIP event, is available by calling (806) 723-8232 or via the CBF web site, www.CollegeBaseballFoundation.org .

The one-hour Wallace Award presentation show will debut on Fox Sports Southwest Mon., July 4 at 8 p.m. CT, and will be carried nationally by FSN affiliates such as Sun Network, Fox Sports Southeast, FSN Arizona, FSN Northwest and FSN West, among others. The new Fox College Sports networks (Atlantic, Central and Pacific) will also air the program during July.

The trophy and Wallace Award winner will become part of a permanent display in the College Baseball Hall of Fame Museum, which is currently under construction in Lubbock.

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