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Sophomore Richie Martin is one of six SEC shortstops on the Brooks Wallace Watch List.

Friday April 25, 2014UF's Richie Martin Named To Watch List For Brooks Wallace Award

Gainesville, Fla.

Sophomore Richie Martin is one of six SEC shortstops on the Brooks Wallace Watch List.

Florida sophomore Richie Martin (Brandon, Fla.) was named to the Watch List for the 2014 Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award on Friday. He is one of 35 players in the running for the award, which recognizes the nation’s top shortstop. The winner will be announced on June 28 in Lubbock, Texas, as part of the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions.

 

Martin has started all 42 games this season for the No. 12 Gators (27-15/12-6 SEC), is hitting .293 and boasts team highs in runs (33), stolen bases (12-for-14) and triples (2). He has totaled 19 RBI, drawn 16 walks, poked nine doubles and sports a fielding percentage of .925. Martin has a .257 clip in SEC play with 11 RBI, 11 runs and six walks and three thefts. 

 

The ACC leads the pack with six athletes on the first 2014 Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award Watch List. The SEC has five players on the list – Alex Bregman (LSU), Martin, Errol Robinson (Ole Miss), A.J. Simcox (Tennessee) and Mikey White (Alabama) –the Big 12 features four and the Big West has three.

 

These young men have put up impressive numbers in two months,” said Larry Wallace, award co-chair. “There's nearly a month left in the regular season, and it will be interesting to see what the rest of the season brings.”

 

Martin and the Gators start the opener of a weekend series on Friday night against Missouri (19-21/6-12 SEC). Live stats for each game will be available on GatorZone.com and fans can also follow updates of each game on @GatorZoneBB, the official Twitter account of the Gator baseball team.

 

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