05/02/2007 – Troy University Athletics
Lubbock, Texas – The field of candidates aiming for the 2007 Brooks Wallace College Player of the Year Award was reduced to the top 112 NCAA players today, as announced by the College Baseball Foundation in Lubbock, TX. The Wallace Award is presented annually to the nation’s top collegiate baseball player and will be nationally televised on Fox Sports Network. Troy seniors Clint Robinson and Josh Dew were both among the players to make the list. Dew, a Montgomery native, was also on the preseason Wallace Award list. Robinson, a Dothan native, joins Dew on the revised list and the duo represent half of the Sun Belt Conference players named to the list. The selection committee will narrow the list to 30 semifinalists toward the end of May. Following the NCAA Super Regionals, the three finalists will be announced during the College World Series in Omaha. The three finalists, their head coaches and parents will be invited to Lubbock where they will participate in a three-day celebration of college baseball on July 2-4. The Wallace Trophy and winners will become a part of the permanent display in the new College Baseball Hall of Fame in Lubbock. The three finalists will participate in activities with the 2007 Hall of Fame Inductees as part of the "Past Meets Present" theme and will receive special recognition during the official induction ceremony. 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, 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, TX, native was married to the former Sandy Arnold and they had one daughter, Lindsay Ryan. The Troy teammates also played together on the 2006 Harrisonburg TURKS in the Valley Baseball League in Virginia. Robinson posted a .254 batting average in 134 at bats, scored 21 runs and 34 hits, 7 doubles, 6 home runs and 28 RBI’s. Dew posted a 1.98 ERA with a 1-0 record in nine appearances and 13.2 innings, 23 strike outs, 6 hits, 4 runs, 3 earned runs, and 5 walks. At the plate Dew was hampered with an elbow injury but still posted .198 batting average in 96 at bats, scored16 runs and 19 hits, 5 doubles, 2 home runs and 11 RBI’s. The pair of Trojans were named to the Valley Baseball League All Star Team representing the TURKS.