Brad Lincoln -- 2006 Brooks Wallace Award Winner
July 3, 2006
LUBBOCK, Texas - University of Houston junior righthander/DH Brad Lincoln was honored Monday evening as the winner of the 2006 Brooks Wallace Award Trophy, given annually to college baseball's top player.
It was the fourth national player of the year honor for Lincoln following the 2006 season. Earlier, he received the Dick Howser Trophy and was named the Player of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings and Rivals.com. He became the first player in both UH and Conference USA history to be honored as a baseball national player of the year.
Lincoln accepted the award during a ceremony at United Spirit Arena on the campus of Texas Tech University. He was one of three finalists for the honor, joining Cal State Fullerton pitcher Wes Roemer and Virginia utility player Sean Doolittle.
The Brooks Wallace Award is presented annually by the College Baseball Foundation to the National Player of the Year in NCAA Division I baseball. It is the only award that accounts for the full season of collegiate play, including all post-season competition. The CBF National Selection Committee is comprised of coaches, writers, broadcasters, sports information directors and former winners who most closely follow the sport.
The presentation was made Monday night at a sold-out banquet at United Spirit Arena in Lubbock. The program will be broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest on Saturday, July 8 at 3 p.m. (CDT).
Lincoln, who was a 2006 consensus First-Team All-American, emerged as one of the nation's finest all-around players in 2006. He compiled a sparkling 12-2 record with a 1.69 ERA and 152 strikeouts in 127.2 innings of work. Those numbers were even better in C-USA games only where he assembled a 7-0 record with a 1.28 ERA.
Lincoln's strikeout total ranked as the third-best mark in UH single-season history and moved him into third in UH career history with 293 punchouts.
He was named a C-USA Pitcher of the Week four times during the regular season and was honored as the Pro-Line Cap National Pitcher of the Week after tossing a five-hit shutout with nine strikeouts in the series opener at No. 1 Rice on May 12.
He was honored as the C-USA Pitcher of the Year while also being named to the league's First Team and was recognized at DH on the C-USA All-Tournament Team for his performance at the plate.
Lincoln was one of the Cougars' leading hitters all season. In 2006, he compiled a .295 batting average with 14 home runs and a team-leading 53 RBIs. His three-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted the Cougars to an 11-10 win over Texas-San Antonio in the season on opener on Feb. 7.
With his pitching and offensive numbers, Lincoln ranked among the Top 10 C-USA individual leaders in five of the six Triple Crown categories for the majority of the 2006 season.
Lincoln blasted a home run and earned a pitching win in games at UC Irvine and against C-USA rival Tulane earlier this season. With that, he joined current San Diego Padre pitcher Woody Williams as the only players to hit a home run and collect a win from the mound in the same game twice during their careers.
Lincoln became the first player in both school and Conference USA history to be taken among the Top 10 picks of Major League Baseball's amateur draft June 6 when he was selected at No. 4 by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
In addition to the Brooks Wallace Award, Lincoln is one of four finalists for the Roger Clemens Award, presented to the nation's top collegiate pitcher. That honor will be presented on July 12 at the Marriott Westchase Hotel in Houston.
The Brooks Wallace Award is dedicated to the memory of the former Texas Tech player and assistant coach, who was a slick-fielding shortstop at Texas Tech from 1977 to 1980. A four-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.
Kurt Suzuki of Cal State Fullerton won the 2004 Brooks Wallace Award, and the awards' lineage includes former Player of the Year winners Andy Benes, Ben McDonald, Mike Kelly, Bobby Jones, Mike Smith, Darren Dreifort, Jason Varitek, Mark Kotsay, Kris Benson, Lance Berkman, Brad Wilkerson and Jason Jennings.
The one-hour presentation will debut on Fox Sports Southwest, on Saturday, July 8th at 3 p.m. (CDT), and will be carried nationally by FSN affiliates such as Sun Network, Fox Sports Southeast, FSN Arizona, FSN Northwest and FSN West, among others. Fox College Sports networks (Atlantic, Central and Pacific) will also air the program during July.
The first-ever College Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies will also debut on FSN and FCS the following weekend on Saturday, July 15th at 12 Noon (CDT).
Exact debut times, dates and additional clearances around the country are listed below. Additional airings will be updated as they are made available.
Brooks Wallace College Player of the Year Award
FSN * July 8 * 3 pm CDT
FCS-Atlantic * July 9 * 4 pm EDT
FCS-Central * July 9 * 11am & 12:00am EDT
FCS-Pacific * July 9 * 6 pm EDT
FCS-Central * July 22 * 11am EDT
FSN * July 22 * 2 pm CDT
FSN * July 29 * 2:30pm CDT
College Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies
FSN * July 15 * 12pm CDT
FCS-Central * July 15 * 1pm EDT
FSN * July 22 * 3 pm CDT
FCS-Central * July 22 * 4 pm EDT
FSN * July 29 * 3:30 pm CDT
FCS-Central * July 29 * 4:30 pm EDT
Please check your local listings, as the complete list of clearances will be updated regularly at:
Fox College Sports - msn.foxsports.com/fcs
College Baseball Foundation - www.collegebaseballfoundation.org