June 5, 2007
LUBBOCK, Texas - The College Baseball Foundation today released the list of 20 players remaining in the hunt for the 2007 Brooks Wallace College Player of the Year Award, and the University of San Diego's sophomore left-hander Brian Matusz highlights the quarterfinalists. The list is comprised of players from 17 schools in 10 conferences.
Matusz finished the season with an overall record of 10-3 and an ERA of 2.85. Matusz set a new single-season strikeout record of 163. The Cave Creek, Ariz., native also placed himself second in single-game strikeouts with a career-high 13, a feet he has achieved three times this past season. Matusz is also a member of Team USA and was an All-WCC first-team honoree.
The Wallace Award is presented annually to the nation's top collegiate baseball player and will be televised nationally by Fox College Sports. This award is the only 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 Wallace 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-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
"This is an amazing collection of talent and character," said Raymond Richardson, Chairman of the 2007 Brooks Wallace Award Committee. "The excitement is building as we progress towards the week of festivities surrounding the Wallace Award presentation and the College Baseball Hall of Fame Induction."
The selection committee will reduce the list to ten semifinalists following NCAA Regional play this weekend. The three finalists will be announced during the College World Series.
The three finalists will be accompanied by their parents and head coaches to participate in activities with the 2007 Hall of Fame Inductees as part of the Wallace Award and Hall of Fame festivities in Lubbock. The winner will be permanently recognized in the 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.