Nov. 22, 2006
Lubbock, Texas - University of San Diego freshman pitcher Brian Matusz was named to the College Baseball Foundation's Brooks Wallace Award Watch List, vying for the honor bestowed to the nation's top collegiate baseball player.
Matusz, a 2006 freshman All-American, helped lead the Toreros to the NCAA Tournament this past season as he finished his first season in a Torero uniform by fanning 93 batters, walking 39, posting a 4.25 ERA and a record of 4-3. Matusz also earned one WCC Pitcher of the Week award after turning in a dominating performance against Pepperdine University on April 21. During this performance he allowed one run on five hits. He allowed four of the five hits in the first four innings, and then he settled down and only allowed one hit for the remainder of his outing. Matusz also held the normally potent Pepperdine batters to a .192 batting average in the win.In 2006, Matusz was selected as a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball, named to Baseball America's All-Freshman team, was a West Coast Conference honorable mention and an All-WCC Freshman team selection.
The Torero ace is joined on the watch list by fellow WCC players, Barry Enright (Pepperdine), Aaron Poreda (San Francisco), Brad Meyers (Loyola Marymount) and Addison Maruszak (San Francisco),
The Wallace Watch 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, Texas, 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 4-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.