Nov. 21, 2006
Lubbock, Texas - Four West Coast Conference baseball players were named to the 2006 Brooks Wallace Award Watch List, the College Baseball Foundation announced on Tuesday. LMU's Brad Meyers, Pepperdine's Barry Enright, San Diego's Brian Matusz, and San Francisco's Aaron Poreda were among the 148 players named to the list for the award, which is presented annually to the national baseball player of the year.
Meyers was a second-team All-West Coast Conference selection in 2006, earning the recognition after going 4-2 with a 3.25 ERA in WCC play. He worked 52 2/3 innings with a strikeout to walk ratio of 35 to 16. He spent the summer of 2005 in the Cape Cod League, earning MVP honors in the playoffs as his Orleans Cardinals won the title. Following the title run, Meyers was named one of the Cape Cod League's top-10 prospects.
Enright brings impressive credentials into the 2007 season after posting a 23-3 record and 4.30 earned-run average in two seasons for the Waves. The junior right-hander is coming off a sophomore campaign in which he went 13-2 and posted a 4.05 ERA in 21 appearances en route to tying for third in the nation in victories. He was tabbed the West Coast Conference's Co-Pitcher of the Year and selected first team all-conference.
Matusz was named Freshman All-American following an outstanding 2006 season in which he helped San Diego earn an at-large selection to the NCAA Tournament. Matusz appeared in 15 games on the mound for the Toreros, starting 13 contests and posting a 4-3 mark with a 4.25 ERA. The Cave Creek, AZ native fanned 93 opposing batters in just 89 innings of work during his first season as a Torero.
Poreda led the WCC with a 2.49 ERA last season and helped San Francisco to a program record 39 wins and a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. The left-hander went 8-5 in 18 appearances and 17 starts, while striking out 75 batters en route to first team All-WCC honors. The Moraga, CA native tossed 6.2 innings to earn the victory in USF's historic 5-1 win over No. 6 national seed Nebraska at the Lincoln, NE Regional last June.
The Wallace Watch List will be trimmed to 12 semi-finalists by late May. Then the selection committee will narrow the list to three finalists following the NCAA Super Regionals, prior to the College World Series. The finalists, their head coaches, and their parents will be invited to Lubbock, TX, for a schedule of special events tied to the award banquet, which will again be nationally televised by Fox Sports Network and Fox College Sports.
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 four-year starter, he was named All-Southwest Conference and All-District Six his senior year when he led 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. The list will expand and contract during the regular season and 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.