HUNTSVILLE – Three Bearkats, including returning first-team All-American Bobby Verbick, have been selected to the Brooks Wallace Watch list for the 2008 baseball season.
Joining Verbick on the watch list are teammates Jacob Howard and Keith Stein. Sam Houston State is the only school in the state of Texas to place three players on the list.
The Wallace Award is presented annually to the nation’s top collegiate baseball player and will be televised nationally by Fox College Sports. This award is the only to encompass the first pitch of the college season to the final out in Omaha. Past winners include Kurt Suzuki of Cal State Fullerton in 2004, Alex Gordon of Nebraska in 2005, pitcher/designated hitter Brad Lincoln of Houston in 2006 and pitcher David Price from Vanderbilt in 2007.
Verbick produced a .370 batting average, playing in all 64 games. He led the team with 23 doubles, five triples, 14 home runs, and 81 runs batted in. Verbick had 30 multiple hit games and led the Bearkats with 21 multiple RBI contests.
Stein led the Bearkats with a .404 batting average with a team-high 103 hits. He scored 53 runs this past season and drove in 43 more.
Jacob Howard was the top starting pitcher for the Bearkats last season compiling a season record of 11-6 while posting a 2.70 ERA. He led the Bearkats with 73 strikeouts and give up just four home runs in 110 innings pitched.