LUBBOCK, Texas – New Mexico State shortstop Bryan Marquez of the 34-10 baseball team was named to the initial watch list for the 2009 Brooks Wallace Award for shortstops by the College Baseball Foundation and Mizuno, Wednesday, April 29.
Marquez (Bonny Lake, Wash.) leads the Western Athletic Conference in home runs with 19 and RBIs with 70, while he is second in batting average at .413. He is joined by one other shortstop from the WAC, Kyle Bellow of San Jose State on the list.
This is the first time since its creation in 2004, the Wallace Award will honor the country’s finest shortstop. Previously, the Wallace Award was given to the national player of the year.
“Transitioning the Wallace Award to a position player award will give increased attention to the position that Brooks Wallace played when he was in college,” said Raymond Richardson, CBF board member and College Baseball Awards Show chair. “The Wallace family embraced this idea and we are thrilled to honor Brooks in this way.”
Marquez was already named Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week honor after having spectacular performances from March 9-15. He was also named WAC hitter of the Week during that same week.
During that week Marquez picked up a season-high in at-bats (5), hits (3) and tied a career-high in RBIs (5) as he hit a solo home run and the game tying grand slam to lead NM State to a 10-inning, 11-10 victory over Northern Colorado, March 15. It was his second grand slam of the weekend, while he accounted for eight of the Aggies 11 runs that day with five RBIs, while crossing the plate three times. It third time this season Marquez has hit two bombs in a game, while he leads the conference with 10 on the season.
He was also named to the College Baseball Foundation National Allstar Lineup and CollegeBaseballInsider.com Regional Player of the Week (West Region).
The watch list features shortstops from around the country including three from the Big 12, ACC, Big West and Conference USA.
The College Baseball Awards Show will recognize the top players in college baseball as part of the CBF’s annual celebration, which also includes the National College Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. In addition to the Brooks Wallace Award, other awards presented during the show will include the Dick Howser Trophy for the national player of the year, and the National Pitcher of the Year Award. NM State Pitcher Daniel Simon is on the watch list for the National Pitcher of the Year Award.
Assistant coach Gary Ward was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame by the College Baseball Foundation in 2008, in Lubbock, Texas.
BROOKS WALLACE AWARD WATCH LIST
Name – School – Conference
Shaver Hanson – Baylor – Big 12
Kyle Smith – Cal Poly – Big West
Christian Colon – Cal State Fullerton – Big West
Brian Guinn – California – Pac-10
Zach Kayne – Davidson – Southern
Dustin Harrington – East Carolina – CUSA
Jordan Kreke – Eastern Illinois – OVC
Mike Mooney – Florida – SEC
Stephen Wickens – Florida Gulf Coast – Atlantic Sun
Stephen Cardullo – Florida State – ACC
Brian Pierce – Georgia Southern – Southern
Dereck Dietrich – Georgia Tech – ACC
Brandon Wikoff – Illinois – Big 10
David Herbek – James Madison – Colonial
Drew Biery – Kansas State – Big 12
Daniel Bierce – Lafayette – Patriot
Ben Soignier – Louisiana Monroe – Sun Belt
DJ LeMahieu – LSU – SEC
Nick DiMauro – Mercer – Atlantic Sun
Drew Lee – Morehead State – OVC
Bryan Marquez – New Mexico St. – WAC
Bryant Hernandez – Oklahoma – Big 12
Juan Martinez – Oral Roberts – Summit
Jeff Kemp – Radford – Big South
Dan Rhault – Rhode Island – Atlantic 10
Rick Hague – Rice – CUSA
Ryan Bennett – Saint Louis – Atlantic 10
Sean Nicol – San Diego – WCC
Kyle Bellows – San Jose State – WAC
Gary Helmick – Towson Colonial
Josh Prince – Tulane – CUSA
Ben Orloff – UC Irvine – Big West
Grant Green – USC – Pac-10
Matt Duffy – Vermont – America East
Tyler Cannon – Virginia – ACC
Jedd Gyorko – West Virginia – Big East
Terrence Dayleg – Western Kentucky – Sun Belt
Tyler Grimes – Wichita State – MVC