April 20, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Senior Alex Allbritton is having perhaps his best season as a Lobo, and it was rewarded Friday when he was named one of 25 players on the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List. The award is given to the best shortstop in the nation.
A four-year starter, Allbritton, who has split his time between third base and shortstop this season, is hitting a career-best .311 so far in 2013 with 17 runs, five doubles and 24 RBI. He is also fielding at a career-best rate, posting a .969 fielding percentage. He is also currently eighth in the country with six sacrifice flies and has recorded multiple hits in nearly a third (11 of 34) of his games this season.
"I think he is one of the best fielders I have ever coached," UNM head coach Ray Birmingham said. "He's definitely a great player and is now at the next level."
Earlier this season Allbritton had a career-long 12-game hitting streak during which he hit .422 (19-for-45) with eight runs, nine RBI, four doubles and a .511 slugging percentage.
Allbritton is the only player from the Mountain West on the list, which features players like North Carolina State's Trea Turner, a freshman All-American in 2012, and LSU's Alex Bregman, who is hitting .441 this season.
"Each of these shortstops have some impressive statistics -- whether it's batting averages or fielding percentages," said Darby Brown, Wallace Award co-chair. "We look forward to seeing what they do during the upcoming weeks."
The award will be presented during the College Baseball Hall of Fame's Night of Champions on June 29 in Lubbock, Texas. You can read the full release here.