Dec. 5, 2008
Lubbock, Texas - Cal State Fullerton's Jared Clark (Senior, Castaic, Calif.), Josh Fellhauer (Junior, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) and Christian Colon (Sophomore, Corona, Calif.) find themselves on the initial Brooks Wallace Award watch list announced Thursday night by the College Baseball Foundation.
The award is presented each year by the Lubbock, Tex.,-based organization to the nation's top college baseball player. Former Titan Kurt Suzuki was the first Wallace Award recipient back in 2004 and more recently, Titan hurler Wes Roemer was a finalist for the honor back in 2006.
The Titan trio's performance this past summer with Team USA, paired with their solid 2008 collegiate season statistics no doubt contributed to their qualification for the preseason inclusion.
Clark hit .294 for the Titans and finished in a tie for the team lead in home runs with nine with Erik Komatsu. The first baseman also led Team USA with four round-trippers over the summer and was awarded the Gold Glove for his superb defense.
Fellhauer posted solid numbers in 2008, hitting .335 with seven home runs, 20 doubles and a team-leading 90 hits. The outfielder then continued his excellence internationally over the summer, hitting .299 with a team-leading six doubles and 15 RBI (second on the team) for the US National Team.
Colon earned Freshman All-American status in 2008, hitting .329 with four homers and 39 RBI in his rookie season with the Titans. He also led the Big West Conference and set a new Titan record with 21 sacrifice bunts and also stole 13 of 17 in the process. The infielder was the only US player to start and play in every game of their perfect 24-0 "season" and shared the team lead in hits (with Fellhauer) with 26 and stole a team-high five bases.
The three Titans will begin to prove their worthiness of their inclusion on the list Feb. 20 as Fullerton opens the 2009 season with TCU at Goodwin Field.