Nov. 21, 2006
Lubbock, Texas - UCLA sophomore shortstop Brandon Crawford has been selected to the 2007 Wallace Watch, the College Baseball Foundation announced Monday. The Brooks Wallace Award is presented annually to the national college baseball player of the year.
Crawford joins nine other Pac-10 baseball players on the 2007 Wallace Watch. The list of 148 baseball student-athletes will be trimmed to 12 semi-finalists by late May. The selection committee will narrow the list to three finalists following the NCAA Super Regionals, prior to the College World Series.
Last season, Crawford earned team most valuable player honors after starting all 58 games at shortstop as a true freshman. The Pleasanton, Calif., resident captured All-Pac-10 honorable mention accolades. Crawford posted a .318 batting average (77-for-242) and collected six home runs and 30 RBI.
Crawford led the Bruins in hits (77), triples (6), stolen bases (7), walks (24), total bases (121) and at-bats (242). He finished second on the team with 14 doubles and 42 runs scored. Crawford helped lead the Bruins to the NCAA Regionals, UCLA's first such appearance since 2004. The Bruins finished the season third in the Pac-10 with a 33-25 overall record.
Over the summer, Crawford helped lead the U.S. National Team to the FISU (International University Sports Federation) World Championship after posting a 28-2-1 overall record. The Bruin shortstop played in 23 games, starting 10, and recorded a .257 batting average (9-for-35).
The nine Pac-10 student-athletes joining Crawford on the 2007 Wallace Watch are Darwin Barney (Oregon State), Matt Cusick (USC), Ike Davis (Arizona State), Matt Hague (Washington), Jared Prince (Washington State), Bill Rhinehart (Arizona), Tyson Ross (California), Eric Sogard (Arizona State) and Michael Taylor (Stanford).