Nov. 21, 2006
Lubbock, Texas - Cal State Fullerton pitcher Wes Roemer was again named to the College Baseball Foundation's Brooks Wallace Award Watch List, joining 12 others who return from last season's list vying for the honor bestowed to the nation's top collegiate baseball player. Former Titan Kurt Suzuki was the inaugural recipient in 2004.
Roemer, one of three finalists for the award in 2006, started last season by going 65 2/3 innings without issuing a walk and helped pitch the Titans to their 15th consecutive postseason berth and 14th trip to the College World Series. The righty from Glendora, Calif. posted a 13-2 record and a 2.38 ERA and was one third of a starting rotation that went 39-8 with a 2.72 ERA.
In 2006 Roemer was a unanimous First-Team All-American, and was named Collegiate Baseball's Co-National Player of the Year. He was also named the Big West Conference Pitcher of the Year and played for Team USA this past summer.
The Titan ace is joined on the watch list by fellow Big West players, Blair Erickson (UC Irvine), Justin Baum (Pacific), Robert Perry (Long Beach State) and James Simmons (UC Riverside).
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, TX, 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.