Gibbs Among 16 Bench Award Semifinalists

Micah Gibbs (33) hopes to join Brad Cresse as winners from LSU.
Micah Gibbs (33) hopes to join Brad Cresse as winners from LSU.
Steve Franz
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BATON ROUGE - LSU junior catcher Micah Gibbs is one of the 16 semifinalists for the 2010 Johnny Bench Award, presented annually to the nation's most outstanding collegiate catcher.

The Greater Wichita (Kan.) Area Sports Commission announced the list of the 16 semifinalists. Statistics will be compiled on each of the semifinalists and sent to the national voting panel at the end of May for a vote to determine the three finalists. The finalists will be announced June 2 prior to the NCAA Regionals and Major League Baseball Draft.

A final vote among the national committee will occur during the College World Series. All finalists will be brought to Wichita and the winner will be announced at the 13th Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on July 1.

Gibbs, a product of Pflugerville, Texas, was voted to the 2010 first-team All-SEC squad earlier this week by the league coaches. He was also named to the SEC All-Defensive team for the second straight year.

Gibbs was voted last season to the American Baseball Coaches Association Gold Glove Team.

Gibbs is No. 2 in the SEC this season in hitting with a .408 batting average, and he is seeking to become the first LSU player to hit .400 since shortstop Russ Johnson (.410) in 1994.

Gibbs has 13 doubles, three triples, eight homers and 53 RBI on the year. He is No. 4 in the SEC in hits (87) and No. 7 in  on-base percentage (.482).

The other Johnny Bench Award semifinalists are:
Jeff Arnold, Louisville
Jett Bandy, Arizona
Chris Berset, Michigan
Robert Brantly, UC Riverside
Dan Burkhart, Ohio State
Andrew Giobbi, Vanderbilt
Yasmani Grandal, Miami
Ben Heath, Penn State
Bryan Holaday, TCU
Jose Iglesias, Coastal Carolina
Jim Klocke, Southeast Missouri State
Ryan Lipkin, San Francisco
Matt Rice, Western Kentucky
Cameron Rupp, Texas
Derek Trent, East Tennessee State

Former LSU catcher Brad Cresse won the Johnny Bench Award in 2000.

Bench's career honors include: National League Rookie of the Year (1968); National League Most Valuable Player (1970, 1972); World Series Most Valuable Player (1976); 14-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove winner. In 1980, he set an endurance record by catching 100+ games for 13 consecutive seasons. Bench was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in January 1989 with the fourth highest percentage of total votes cast.





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