Ackley Named To Wallace Award Watch List

Honors continue to pile up for hot-hitting freshman.

Dustin Ackley is batting .441 with six home runs and 53 RBI.

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.

Revised 2007 Wallace Watch
Ackley, Dustin 1B North Carolina
Adams, Cody   SP Southern Illinois
Alaniz, Adrian   SP Texas
Alvarez, Pedro 3B Vanderbilt
Ambort, Michael DH    Lamar
Arencibia, J.P.  C Tennessee
Banwart, Travis SP Wichita State
Baum, Justin 3B Pacific
Bolden, Jared   1B VCU
Brown, Corey  OF Oklahoma St
Canham, Mitch C Oregon St
Chalk, Brad OF Clemson
Chigges, Nick   SP CofC
Coughlin, Sean C Kentucky
Crawford, Brandon SS UCLA
Curry, Ryan INF Bradley
Davis, Lars C   Illinois
Davis, Marcus  OF Alcorn St
Dean, Blake OF LSU
DeLaGarza, Andy SP   Coastal Carolina
Desme, Grant   OF Cal Poly
Dew, Josh RP Troy
Diaz, Walter SS USF
Doolittle, Sean  UTIL   Virginia
Dykstra, Allan  1B Wake Forest
Easley, Edward C Mississippi St
Edwards, Daniel RP Kansas St
Emaus, Brad 2B Tulane
Enright, Barry   SP Pepperdine
Erickson, Blair RP UC Irvine
Etheridge, Wes RP UC Irvine
Frazier, Todd   SS Rutgers
Gonzalez, Joel  OF MD-Easterm Shore
Guilmet, Raymond SP Arizona
Guyer, Brandon OF Virginia
Hagadone, Nick RP Washington
Henry, Bryan    SP Florida St
Hill, Nick SP Army
Hill, Steven C   SF Austin
Honeycutt, Harris SP    S. Carolina
Huber, Erik 1B E.Illinois
Hudson, Brandon UTIL La Tech
Jenkins, Justin   OF West Virgina
Johnson, Logan 2B Louisville
Kieschnick, Roger OF Texas Tech
Kingrey, Charlie OF McNeese St
Kline, Will SP Ole Miss
Krauss, Marc UTIL Ohio
Kluber, Corey  SP Stetson
Kulbacki, Kellen OF James Madison
LaPorta, Matt   1B Florida
Lavarnway, Ryan OF   Yale
Luebke, Cory   SP Ohio State
Mach, Tyler 2B Oklahoma St
Mangini, Matt   3B Oklahoma St
Matusz, Brian   SP San Diego
McConnell, Eryk RP NC State
McCullough, Brian SP Longwood
McElroy, Brad OF Charlotte
McOwen, James OF FIU
Mee, Mike OF Minnesota
Mills, Adam SP Charlotte
Minor, Mike SP Vanderbilt
Morris, Matt OF UC-Irvine
Musgrave, Rob SP Wichita State
Nicholson, Kyle RP Texas A&M
Pacheco, Jordan 2B UNM
Paramore, Petey C Arizona St.
Payne, Danny   OF Georgia Tech
Price, David SP Vanderbilt
Putnam, Zack   UTIL Michigan
Raber, Chris OF Coastal Carolina
Richard, Michael SS Prairie View
Rike, Brian OF Louisiana Tech
Robinson, Clint 1B/DH Troy
Rochelle, Kris   C Charlotte
Romero, Nick  INF San Diego St
Russell, James  SP Texas
Russell, Kyle OF Texas
Satow, Josh SP Arizona St
Satterwhite, Cody RP   Ole Miss
Savery, Joe UTIL Rice
Schmidt, Nick  SP Arkansas
Sexton, Greg 3B William & Mary
Shafer, Aaron   SP Wichita St
Shah, Asif UTIL SE Missouri
Shawler, Anthony SP Old Dominion
Shunk, Derek   SS Villanova
Simmons, James SP UCR
Spencer, Matt  UTIL Arizona St
Stouffer, Blake 3B Texas A&M
Stovall, Daniel  1B UNM
Stovall, Tyler    OF C. Michigan
Stutes, Mike SP Oregon St
Sublett, Damon INF Wichita St
Suttle, Bradley  3B Texas
Tacker, Ryan SP Rice
Taylor, Heath SP Oklahoma
Thomas, Tony  2B Florida St
Thompson, Jacob SP Virginia
Turner, Brandon SS Mississippi St
Verbick, Brad  OF Sam Houston St
Wallace, Brett  1B Arizona St.
Waring, Brandon SS Wofford
Weathers, Casey RP Vanderbilt
Whiting, Boomer OF    Louisville
Whittemore, Clay OF   Jacksonville St
Widlansky, Robbie OF FAU
Wieters, Matt Georgia Tech C/P
Wright, Ty OF Oklahoma St
Yonder, Alonso 1B Miami
Zahm, Mike OF Old Dominion

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