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Brett Pope Listed on Initial Brooks Wallace Award Watch List

April 18, 2017

Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina junior Brett Pope is among a list of 75 collegiate shortstops to grace the first 2017 Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award watch list released by the College Baseball Foundation from Lubbock, Texas. Pope is one of two shortstops from the Southern Conference to grace the first watch list, joined on the initial list by Mercer's Matt Meeder.

A native of Statesville, N.C., Pope is a second WCU to earn a spot on the Brooks Wallace Award watch list, joining former Catamount Aaron Attaway who was recognized back in 2013. Attaway, who later was a 20th round draft pick by the Toronto Blue Jays, advanced to the final 14 in contention for the Wallace Award back in 2013.

All told, nine shortstops from across the Southeastern Conference (SEC) were tagged, as well as eight from the Atlantic Coast (ACC) and seven from the Big Ten to lead the way.

The Brooks Wallace Award, presented by Mizuno, honors the nation's top shortstop and will be presented by the College Baseball Foundation. It is named for former Texas Tech shortstop, Brooks Wallace, who played for the Red Raiders from 1977 to 1980. Wallace died of leukemia at the age of 27.

"The Brooks Wallace Award was created to recognize excellence on the field, in the classroom and in the community," said award co-chairman Tyler Young. "And every year, we are impressed by the quality of character and performance of players across the nation. This year is no different."

Pope has started all 34 games this season -- and 99 of his 116 career starts -- at short for the Catamounts over the past three seasons. He currently ranks second on the team with a .333 batting average, tied for the team lead with 50 base hits -- tied for fourth in the SoCon -- including five doubles, a triple, and the first two home runs of his collegiate career. Pope leads WCU with 17 multiple hit games, and he is coming off an eight-game hitting streak that included eight-consecutive multi-hit games.



To date this season, Pope has been a part of turning 17 double plays in the Catamount infield this spring, tallying 82 total assists and 55 putouts.

Pope has a .303 career batting average, tallying 145 hits including 14 doubles, three triples, and two home runs. Including seven this season, he has 27 career stolen bases. Pope returned from injury last spring to garner Clemson All-Regional honors.

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Western Carolina (16-18) returns to action on Wednesday evening as it plays the backend of a midweek nonconference home-and-home, visiting Gardner-Webb (18-17) at John Henry Moss Stadium / Bill Masters Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 pm. The game will be broadcast on the Catamount Sports Network with live streaming audio available online at Fans can also follow the game with an online video stream through the Big South Network, available online at


Name, School (Conference)
Angelo Altavilla, Nebraska (Big Ten)
Royce Ando, Michigan State (Big Ten)
Taylor Beene, Sam Houston State (Southland)
Jesse Berardi, St. John's (Big East)
Jax Biggers, Arkansas (SEC)
Alex Borglin, Central Michigan (Mid-American)
LeeMarcus Boyd, Southern Miss. (Conference USA)
Michael Brdar, Michigan (Big Ten)
Tucker Cascadden, Baylor (Big 12)
Ernie Clement, Virginia (ACC)
Greg Cullen, Niagara (Metro Atlantic)
Logan Davidson, Clemson (ACC)
Riley Delgado, Middle Tennessee (Conference USA)
Mikey Duarte, UC Irvine (Big West)
Camden Duzenack, Dallas Baptist (Missouri Valley)
Jeremy Eierman, Missouri State (Missouri Valley)
Patrick Ervin, North Florida (Atlantic Sun)
Will Fox, McNeese State (Southland)
Jimmy Galusky, West Virginia (Big 12)
Orlando Garcia, Texas Tech (Big 12)
David Garza, Tennessee Tech (Ohio Valley)
Kam Gellinger, Central Florida (AAC)
Robbie Glendinning, Missouri (SEC)
Mitchell Golden, Georgia Southern (Sun Belt)
Julio Gonzalez, Florida Gulf Coast (Atlantic Sun)
Jordan Gore, Coastal Carolina (Sun Belt)
A.J. Graffanino, Washington (Pac-12)
Andre Gregory, New Mexico (Mountain West)
Ryan Gridley, Mississippi State (SEC)
Dalton Guthrie, Florida (SEC)
Devon Hairston, Louisville (ACC)
Michael Hartnagel , Butler (Big East)
Conner Heady, Kentucky (SEC)
Nico Hoerner, Stanford (Pac-12)
Josh Hollander, Kent State (Mid-American)
Austin Homan, Texas A&M (SEC)
Jeremy Houston, Indiana (Big Ten)
Luke Jarvis, Auburn (SEC)
Connor Kaiser, Vanderbilt (SEC)
Ryan Krainz, Cornell (Ivy)
Drew LaBounty, Southern Alabama (Sun Belt)
Kyle Lewis, Arizona (Pac-12)
Irving Lopez, Florida International (Conference USA)
Nick Madrigal, Oregon State (Pac-12)
Luke Manzo, Charleston (Colonial)
Matt Meeder, Mercer (Southern)
Kevin Merrell, South Florida (AAC)
Ryan Merrill, TCU (Big 12)
Mason McCoy, Iowa (Big Ten)
Matt McLaughlin, Kansas (Big 12)
Ryne Ogren, Elon (Colonial)
Jonathan Ortega, Texas State (Sun Belt)
Brett Pope, Western Carolina (Southern)
Anthony Prato, UConn (AAC)
Frankie Rios, Southern California (Pac-12)
Kramer Robertson, LSU (SEC)
Paul Rufo, Binghamton (American East)
Zach Rutherford, Old Dominion (Conference USA)
Daniel Schneemann, BYU (West Coast)
Jake Scheiner, Houston (AAC)
Luke Shadid, Bradley (Missouri Valley)
Danny Sheehan, San Diego State (Mountain West)
Demetrius Sims, Bethune-Cookman (Mid-Eastern)
Dalton Skelton, Louisiana Tech (Conference USA)
Kevin Smith, Maryland (Big Ten)
Dylan Snypes, Oral Roberts (Summit)
Bruce Steel, Wake Forest (ACC)
Reggie Southall, Tennessee (SEC)
Ryan Tufts, Virginia Tech (ACC)
Terrin Vavra, Minnesota (Big Ten)
Logan Warmouth, North Carolina (ACC)
Taylor Walls, Florida State (ACC)
Sahid Valenzuela, Cal St. Fullerton (Big West)
Austin Whilhite, Georgia Tech (ACC)
Brandon Zaragoza, Oklahoma (Big 12)