May 22, 2006
Lubbock, TX - Junior catcher Chad Tracy, a preseason All-American, was named one of 30 semi-finalists for the 2006 Brooks Wallace College Player of the Year Award, the College Baseball Foundation announced on Monday. The Wallace Award is presented annually to the nation's top collegiate baseball player.
The selection committee will trim the list to three finalists following the NCAA Super Regionals and will make that announcement in Omaha, Neb. on Thursday, June 15. The finalists, their head coaches and parents will be invited to Lubbock, TX, where they will participate in a two-day celebration of college baseball on July 3-4, with the winner to be announced at the annual award banquet on Monday, July 3.
Tracy is one of three catchers named to the semi-finalists list, joining Matt Weiters of Georgia Tech and Matt McBride of Lehigh. The junior catcher is currently batting .323 with five home runs and 41 RBI while starting all 56 games for Pepperdine.
Two weeks ago, Tracy was named one of 10 semi-finalists for the Johnny Bench Award that is given to the country's top collegiate catcher.
The Wallace Award announcement will be nationally televised on Fox Sports Network and its family of regional affiliate networks as well as Fox College Sports.
Below is the complete list of Wallace Award semi-finalists:
2006 Wallace Award Semi-Finalists
Emeel Salem, 3B, Jr., Alabama
Sean Doolittle, P-ATH, So., Virginia
Shane Robinson, OF, Jr., Florida State
Wes Roemer, P, So., Cal State Fullerton
Kellen Kulbacki, OF, So., James Madison
Tim Lincecum, P, Jr., Washington
Drew Stubbs, OF, Jr., Texas
Andrew Miller, P, Jr., North Carolina
Joe Savery, P-ATH, So., Rice
Nick Schmidt, P, So., Arkansas
Matt Weiters, C-ATH, Jr., Georgia Tech
Heath Rollins, P-ATH, Jr., Winthrop
Luke Gorsett, OF, Jr., Nebraska
Tom King, SS, Jr., Troy
Ryan Strieby, 1B, Jr., Kentucky
Eddie Degerman, P, Jr., Rice
Chad Tracy, C, Jr. Pepperdine
Craig Cooper, 1B, Sr., Notre Dame
Tyler Mach, 3B, Jr., Oklahoma State
Matt McBride, C, So., Lehigh
Andy Alessio, 1B, Jr., Clemson
Steven Wright, P, Jr., Hawai'i
Brad Lincoln, P-ATH, Jr., Houston
Josh Morris, 1B, Jr., Georgia
Cole Gilliespie, OF, Jr., Oregon State
Scott Cousins, OF/P, Jr., San Francisco
Chuckie Caufield, OF, Sr., Oklahoma
Matt Dobbins, P-ATH, So., Jacksonville
Ronnie Bourquin, 3B, Jr., Ohio State
Beau Mills, 3B, So., Fresno State