Dustin Ackley is batting .441 with six home runs and 53 RBI.
May 3, 2007
LUBBOCK, Texas - North Carolina first baseman Dustin Ackley made the cut Wednesday when the field of candidates aiming for the 2007 Brooks Wallace College Player of the Year Award was reduced to the top 112 NCAA players, as announced by the College Baseball Foundation. The Wallace Award is presented annually to the nation's top collegiate baseball player and will be nationally televised on Fox Sports Network.
Ackley is second in the ACC and seventh nationally with a .441 batting average. He also leads the Tar Heels with 53 RBI and shares the team's top spot with six home runs. Ackley is also on the watch list for the 2007 Dick Howser Trophy.
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.
The selection committee will narrow the list to 30 semifinalists toward the end of May. Following the NCAA Super Regionals, the three finalists will be announced during the College World Series in Omaha. The three finalists, their head coaches and parents will be invited to Lubbock where they will participate in a three-day celebration of college baseball on July 2-4. The Wallace Trophy and winners will become a part of the permanent display in the new College Baseball Hall of Fame in Lubbock. The three finalists will participate in activities with the 2007 Hall of Fame Inductees as part of the "Past Meets Present" theme and will receive special recognition during the official induction ceremony.
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, TX, native was married to the former Sandy Arnold and they had one daughter, Lindsay Ryan.
Kurt Suzuki of Cal State Fullerton won the 2004 Brooks Wallace Award and Alex Gordon of Nebraska took home the 2005 trophy. Last year's Wallace winner was standout pitcher/designated hitter Brad Lincoln of Houston.
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