TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2006
Matt Dobbins named semi-finalist for 2006 Brooks Wallace Award
May 23, 2006
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Sophomore left-handed pitcher Matt Dobbins has been named a semi-finalist for the 2006 Brooke Wallace Award College Player of the Year Award, announced today by the College Baseball Foundation in Lubbock, TX.
"This is a great honor for Matt," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "He is having a phenomenal season and is deserving of this recognition"
The Wallace Award is presented annually to the nation's top collegiate player. The selection committee, comprised of a national panel of preeminent coaches, sports information directors, former winners and beat media who most closely follow the sport, will narrow the list to three finalists following the NCAA Super Regionals. These three players will be announced from the 30 semi-finalists on Thursday, June 16.
Earlier this week, Dobbins earned Atlantic Sun "Pitcher of the Week" honors after helping the Dolphins earn their first ever Athletic Sun Conference regular season title by pitching a complete-game one-hitter to down Lipscomb on May 18. Dobbins became the fourth Dolphin this season to earn A-Sun accolades and the second JU pitcher to take the top hurler honor.
A position player last season, Dobbins has emerged as the ace of the Dolphins' staff and one of the top pitchers in the nation in 2006. After earning a no-decision against Georgia Southern on Feb. 7, he won eight consecutive games before having his streak snapped with a no-decision against North Florida on April 7. During his streak, Dobbins went 8-0 with a 1.46 ERA, 31 strikeouts and a .247 opponent batting average in 55.2 innings of work. He has currently won his past three starts to become the first Dolphin to win 10 games in a season since Dennis Robinson in 2004.
In the nation rankings, Dobbins is tied with Jake Arrieta (TCU), Barry Enright (Pepperdine), Tim Lincecum (Washington), Eddie Romero (Fresno State) and Alex Wilson (Winthrop) for the most wins (12) and currently owns the best overall record in the nation at 12-0. He is also second in the A-Sun with 110.1 innings pitched and is fourth with a 2.61 ERA. Dobbins, a sociology major, also earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District III First Team honors last week after tallying a 3.74 grade point average.
JU will face No. 6 seed Campbell in the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship presented by Progress Energy at 11 a.m. on Wednesday. The contest can be heard live on www.judolphins.com with Cole Pepper handling the play-by-play.