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Brian Matusz Headlines the Final 30 for the Brooks Wallace Award

May 25, 2007

LUBBOCK, Texas - The University of San Diego's Brian Matusz, Matt LaPorta of Florida, David Price of Vanderbilt, Ryan Lavarnway of Yale and Kyle Russell of Texas headline the list of 30 players remaining in the hunt for the 2007 Brooks Wallace College Player of the Year Award.

The Wallace Award is presented annually to the nation's top collegiate baseball player and will be televised nationally by Fox College Sports. The only award to encompass the first pitch of the college season to the final out in Omaha, past winners include Kurt Suzuki of Cal State Fullerton in 2004, Alex Gordon of Nebraska in 2005 and pitcher/designated hitter Brad Lincoln of Houston in 2006.

The 2007 award banquet will be held Tuesday, July 3, at 7 p.m. in the United Spirit Arena on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Information regarding the sale of individual tickets, as well as group and corporate tables, is available by calling (806) 777 - 8277, or by e-mail at jeff@collegebaseballfoundation.org.

The selection committee will narrow the list to 20 quarterfinalists on May 30 and will be reduced again to ten semifinalists following the NCAA Regionals. The three finalists will be announced during the College World Series.

The three finalists will be accompanied by their parents and head coaches and will participate in activities with the 2007 Hall of Fame Inductees as part of the Wallace Award and Hall of Fame festivities in Lubbock on July 2-4. The winner will be permanently recognized in the new College Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Wallace Award is a dedication to the memory of the former Texas Tech player and assistant coach Brooks Wallace. 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 his senior year. He led the Red Raiders to their first-ever appearance in the Southwest Conference Tournament in 1980. 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.