Thursday May 3, 2012UF Baseball's Nolan Fontana Named To Watch List For Brooks Wallace Award
Florida junior Nolan Fontana (Winter Garden, Fla.) was named to the Watch List for the 2012 Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award on Thursday. He is one of 50 players in the running for the award, which recognizes the nation’s top shortstop. The winner will be announced on June 30 in Lubbock, Texas, as part of the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions.
Fontana has started 44 games this season for the fifth-ranked Gators (33-12/12-9 SEC), is hitting .300 and boasts team highs in runs (39), walks (33), stolen bases (9-for-9) and sacrifice flies (five). He has totaled 26 RBI, belted a career-high eight homers, poked six doubles and sports a fielding percentage of .984. Fontana has a .263 clip in SEC play with 15 walks, 13 runs, 11 RBI and three thefts.
The Pac-12 and the SEC lead the pack with seven players each on the first 2012 Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award Watch List. The Big 12 has five players on the list and the ACC features four. Several other conferences also have multiple players on the Watch List.
“It really says something about the high quality of play in many of these conferences that they have so many players on the Watch List,” said Wallace Award co-chair Tyler Young. “As conference play winds down, it will be interesting to see how these players finish the season and to see which conferences will still have multiple players on the list.”
Fontana and the Gators start the opener of a pivotal series on Thursday night at No. 3 Kentucky (36-9/14-7 SEC). The game is being carried live on ESPNU.