Nov. 21, 2005
Fullerton, Calif. - Cal State Fullerton basbeball standouts, Brett Pill, Blake Davis and Wes Roemer have all been named to the 2006 Wallace Watch List as announced by the College Baseball Foundation Monday afternoon in Lubbock , Texas. The trio of Titans join a group of 120 athletes, all in the running for The Brooks Wallace Award (formerly the Smith Award), an award presented to the nations top collegiate baseball player. Former Titan Kurt Suzuki was the inaugural recipient in 2004.
Pill (Jr., Covina, Calif.) led the Titans with a .327 average last season blasting nine home runs and finishing with the team's second-best RBI total of 57. Pill played in all 64 of the Titans' games and will be the mainstay at first base again in 2006. The All-Big West Conference second-teamer, Pill, was added to last year's Wallace Watch List after an outstanding start to the 2005 season.
Davis, fresh off a US National Team appearance, gets his first mention to the watch list after hitting .325 with eight triples and 36 RBI. Davis was also the speedster on the Titan squad with 17 stolen bases while also providing dazzling defensive glove work throughout the season. Davis earned first-team All-Big West honors and also was named to the ABCA/Rawlings West Region second team.
The Big West's Freshman Pitcher of the Year, Roemer, is coming off a sensational first-year campaign, going 7-3, with a 3.80 ERA in 90 innings of work. The righty struck out 71 opponents while walking just 15. Roemer earned Freshman All-American status with Collegiate Baseball and also earned the Fullerton Regional's Most Outstanding Player award.
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 at a press conference in Omaha. 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.
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.
For a complete list of all the players included on this year's list, go to www.collegebaseballfoundation.org.