May 19, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. -
Western Carolina sophomore Aaron Attaway remains one of 14 college shortstops on the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award watch List it was released on Sunday evening by the College Baseball Hall of Fame. The Brooks Wallace Award, sponsored by Mizuno, recognizes the nation's top shortstop and will be presented during the College Baseball Hall of Fame's Night of Champions on June 29 in Lubbock, Texas.
Attaway was among 25 shortstops on the initial watch list released back on April 20.
Several conferences have multiple representatives on the newest watch list, including the SEC with three. The ACC, Pac-12 and Southern conferences all feature two players on the list with Appalachian's Will Callaway joining Attaway on the watch list.
In addition to the Brooks Wallace Award watch list, Attaway was additionally listed among 40 semifinalists for the 2013 Dick Howser Trophy, presented by Easton Foundations and released by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). The award, given to the top player in collegiate baseball, is based on two rounds of national voting.
Attaway finished the regular season leading the Southern Conference in both base hits (89) and runs scored (64). He enters the post-season just 13 hits shy of Brent Greer's WCU single-season record of 102 hits set back in 2009. His 89 hits already rank him tied for 19th in program history, tied with Roy Hurst who collected 89 in 1994.
Attaway is eighth in the SoCon this season with a .352 batting average, while his four triples rank tied for third in the conference this season. He has 30 extra base hits to date this season including individual career-highs with 15 doubles and 11 home runs while his career-high 49 RBI are second on the team and 11 stolen bases put him third on the ledger. His .573 slugging percentage ranks him 10th in the SoCon.
In the field, the Morganton, N.C., native has been very solid for the Catamounts at shortstop. Attaway has been a part of turning 31 of WCU's 44 combined double plays this season. He has 158 fielding assists and 81 putouts in a combined 254 chances in the field.
Western Carolina (38-18, 23-7 SoCon) opens its quest for its 10th SoCon tournament championship on Wednesday afternoon against eighth-seeded Samford at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, S.C. The Catamounts swept the Bulldogs during the regular season in Cullowhee in mid-April. The two schools have only met once previously in the SoCon tournament event with Samford winning, 7-0, in the first round of last year's tournament en route to the championship title.