March 2, 2010
HOUSTON - University of Houston senior catcher Chris Wallace was named to the watch list for the 2010 Coleman Company - Johnny Bench Award on Tuesday.
This award is given each year to the top Division I catcher in the country. All 53 members of the watch list have been nominated by their university and the list will be updated to include players until May 5. The list will then be narrowed down to ten semifinalists, which are announced May 19. The names of the semifinalists will be sent to a national voting panel to determine the three finalists. These finalists will be announced June 2 prior to the start of the NCAA Regionals. After a final vote by a national committee, the three finalists will be brought to the 13th Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on July 1, 2010, and the winner will be announced at that time.
Wallace is one of four seniors on the Cougars' roster and has started all six games this season. Through the first two weekends of the 2010 season, he holds a .300 batting average. During his UH career, he has played in 110 games with 84 starts.
Last year, the Cypress, Texas, native batted .285, with a team-leading nine home runs and 34 RBIs, despite missing a month of action due to injury. In his first game back, Wallace 4-for-5 with two long balls, a double and six RBIs. At the end of the season he was named to the All-Conference USA Second Team.
In addition to being one of five C-USA catchers named to the watch list, three other teams Houston will have off against this season have a catcher on the initial list.
Houston will be back on the field Tuesday afternoon for a 4 p.m. contest against cross-town rival Rice in the first game of the annual Silver Glove Series.