Baseball's Bradford Named to Wallace Watch List
LSU Sports Interactive
BATON ROUGE -- LSU senior pitcher Jared Bradford was named Friday to the 2008 Brooks Wallace Award Watch List.
The Wallace Award is presented to the nation’s top collegiate baseball player in conjunction with the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s annual induction festivities. The 2008 award banquet will be held Thursday, July 3 in the United Spirit Arena on the campus of Texas Tech University.
Bradford, a right-hander from Hueytown, Ala., completed the 2007 regular season with a 10-4 mark, tying Vanderbilt’s David Price and Casey Weathers for the most victories among SEC pitchers. Bradford also led LSU with five saves, and he posted either a win or a save in 10 of LSU’s 12 SEC victories.
A 2007 second-team all-SEC selection, Bradford worked a team-high 96 innings, recording 16 walks, 81 strikeouts and a .255 opponents’ batting average. He started 11 games and made 12 relief appearances during the regular season.
Bradford was named a Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week on March 5 after a 13-strikeout performance against Lipscomb. He was also named the Louisiana Sportswriters Association Pitcher of the Week on four occasions during the season.
Last year’s Brooks Wallace award went to Price, who was the first overall pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft and is currently pitching in the Tampa Bay Devil Rays organization.
The 2006 winner was standout pitcher/designated hitter Brad Lincoln of Houston. Nebraska’s Alex Gordon, now with the Kansas City Royals, won the 2005 trophy, and the inaugural award was given in 2004 to Kurt Suzuki of Cal State Fullerton, who is now catching for the Oakland Athletics.
The Wallace Award is a dedication to the memory of the former Texas Tech player and assistant coach Brooks Wallace. Wallace 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 his senior year. He led the Red Raiders to their first-ever appearance in the Southwest Conference Tournament in 1980.
After playing two years in the Texas Rangers organization, Wallace 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.