April 28, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio - - Virginia freshman second baseman David Adams and sophomore left-handed pitcher/first baseman Sean Doolittle are among the 64 candidates named to the watch list for the Dick Howser Trophy, which is presented annually to the top player in college baseball by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association in conjunction with the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce.
Adams leads the team with five home runs while hitting .313. He ranks second on the team in runs scored (45), RBIs (37) and third in hits (56). He has a .447 slugging percentage and a .393 on-base percentage.
Doolittle is 7-1 with a 2.19 ERA in 10 starts. He has 70 strikeouts in 61.2 innings while holding opponents to a .189 batting average. He ranks among the Atlantic Coast Conference leaders in wins, ERA, opponent batting average and strikeouts per nine innings. Offensively, Doolittle is batting .299 with 36 runs scored on 47 hits for 35 RBIs. He ranks second in the ACC in total walks (42).
The membership of the NCBWA will choose the Dick Howser Trophy based on three rounds of voting. The 2006 winner will be announced at the College World Series in Omaha on Friday, June 16.
The Dick Howser Trophy, given in memory of the former Florida State University All-America shortstop and major league player and manager who died of brain cancer in 1987, is regarded by many as college baseball's most prestigious award. Criteria for consideration for the trophy include performance on the field, leadership, moral character and courage, qualities that were exemplified by Dick Howser's life.
The Howser Trophy was created in 1987, shortly after Howser's death. Previous winners of the Howser Trophy are Mike Fiore, Miami, 1987; Robin Ventura, Oklahoma State, 1988; Scott Bryant, Texas, 1989; Alex Fernandez, Miami-Dade Community College South, 1990; Frank Rodriguez, Howard College (Texas), 1991; Brooks Kieschnick, Texas, 1992 and 1993; Jason Varitek, Georgia Tech, 1994; Todd Helton, Tennessee, 1995; Kris Benson, Clemson, 1996; J. D. Drew, Florida State, 1997; Eddy Furniss, LSU, 1998; Jason Jennings, Baylor, 1999; Mark Teixeira, Georgia Tech, 2000; Mark Prior, P, USC, 2001, Khalil Greene, SS, Clemson, 2002; Rickey Weeks, 2B, Southern U., 2003; Jered Weaver, RHP, Long Beach State, 2004; and Alex Gordon, 3B, Nebraska, 2005.
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