Edwards in Contention for Third National Award

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State’s Daniel Edwards is one of just five relief pitchers and 30 total players who are in the hunt for the 2007 Brooks Wallace College Player of the Year Award, the College Baseball Foundation has announced.


Edwards, who is among five Big 12 players on the list, is 3-0 with a 2.27 ERA with 11 saves and has yielded just nine total runs in 35.2 innings of work this season. The all-conference performer has struck out a team-high 49 batters in those 35.2 innings while opponents are hitting just .173 against him. Dating back to last season, Edwards has recorded a save or a win in 13 of his last 20 appearances and has yielded nine total runs in his last 38.1 innings, which also includes a streak of 21.0 scoreless innings that was snapped earlier this season against Missouri.


His 11 saves this season tie the single-season school record and for his career, Edwards now has 14 saves, which are the second-most in school history. He needs four more to tie the school record of 18, set by David Johnson. Edwards also ranks second in school history in career relief appearances with 58.

The Wallace Award is presented annually to the nation’s top collegiate baseball player and will be televised nationally by Fox College Sports. The only award to encompass the first pitch of the college season to the final out in Omaha, past winners include Kurt Suzuki of Cal State Fullerton in 2004, Alex Gordon of Nebraska in 2005 and pitcher/designated hitter Brad Lincoln of Houston in 2006. 


The 2007 award banquet will be held Tuesday, July 3, at 7 p.m. in the United Spirit Arena on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. The selection committee will narrow the list to 20 quarterfinalists on May 30 and will be reduced again to 10 semifinalists following NCAA Regional play. The three finalists will be announced during the College World Series.


The honor is the third for Edwards this season as he is also a candidate for the Stopper of the Year Award and the Dick Howser Trophy.


Edwards and the Wildcats continue play in the Big 12 Tournament on Saturday with a 10 a.m. match-up with Texas A&M.