Lubbock, Texas – University of Nebraska third baseman Alex Gordon (Lincoln, Neb.) received a pair of honors this week, as he was selected to 2005 Brooks Wallace Award Watch List on Wednesday and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Preseason All-America team earlier in the week.
Gordon returns after earning unanimous first team All-America honors in 2004, hitting .365 with 18 homers and 75 RBIs during the 2004 season. The Big 12 Player of the Year, Gordon led the conference in on-base percentage (.493), slugging percentage (.754), walks (47), triples (five) and runs scored (64), while ranking in the top 10 in homers, total bases (159), RBIs (75) and doubles (18). The Lincoln native started all 59 games and played in 520 of 524 innings in the field, including every inning during league play, to help Nebraska set a team record with a .975 fielding percentage.
Over the summer, Gordon, who is projected by Baseball America as the top collegiate prospect for the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft, played for Team USA, hitting .388 with four homers, 12 RBIs and 18 runs scored in 24 games, as Team USA won the World University Baseball Championship.
The Brooks Wallace Award is presented annually to the national college baseball player of the year. Kurt Suzuki of Cal State Fullerton was the winner of the 2004 Brooks Wallace Award.
The Wallace Watch will be trimmed to 12 semi-finalists by Tuesday, May 24, 2005. The selection committee will narrow the list to three finalists following the NCAA Super Regionals at a press conference in Omaha on Thursday, June 16, 2005. The finalists, their head coaches, and their parents will be invited to Lubbock, Texas, for a golf tournament, a welcome dinner and the award banquet.
This award is dedicated to the memory of former Texas Tech shortstop 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 lead 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.
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