Dec. 5, 2008
LUBBOCK, Texas - Juniors Casey Haerther and Charles Brewer of the UCLA baseball team have been named to the 2009 Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Watch List, as announced this week by the College Baseball Foundation. The Wallace Award is presented annually to the nation's top collegiate baseball player in conjunction with the College Baseball Hall of Fame's induction festivities.
Haerther, a resident of Chatsworth, Calif., started at first base in 56 games last spring and led the Bruins with 12 home runs and 52 RBI while batting at a .324 clip. An All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection in 2008, Haerther established the UCLA and Pac-10 record for hits a in game last spring when he went 7-for-7 in a 20-8 victory at Arizona on March 29. Haerther belted two home runs in four games at the NCAA Fullerton Regional before earning All-Regional Team accolades.
Brewer, a right-handed pitcher from Paradise Valley, Ariz., logged a 9-4 record and 5.10 ERA in 2008, collecting 69 strikeouts in 97.0 innings. Brewer went 5-2 in Pac-10 play, finishing the year as one of four Pac-10 pitchers to tie for the lead in conference wins. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound hurler became just the sixth UCLA pitcher in the last 11 seasons to win nine games or more.
The 2009 Brooks Wallace Award will be presented in the United Spirit Arena on the campus of Texas Tech University on July 2, 2009. The Wallace Award is a dedication to the memory of former Texas Tech player and assistant coach Brooks Wallace, a slick-fielding shortstop at Texas Tech from 1977 to 1980.