May 20, 2013
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State sophomore shortstop Austin Fisher was one of 14 players nationally to earn a spot on the trimmed-down watch list for the 2013 Brooks Wallace Award as the nation’s top shortstop, the College Baseball Hall of Fame has announced.
Fisher was one of 25 players on the initial watch list announced in mid-April. In 53 regular-season games, the Lenexa, Kan., product hit .358 with 18 doubles, three triples, two home runs and 34 RBI. He enters play at the Phillip 66 Big 12 Championship on Wednesday ranked fifth in the Big 12 in batting average, tied for second in doubles (18), sixth in slugging percentage (.516), seventh in on-base percentage (.431), tied for seventh in hits (68) and eighth in total bases (98).
In addition, Fisher led the Big 12 in conference-only batting average at .412, an amazing 36 points better than any other hitter.
Fisher was a key component in K-State’s first conference championship in 80 years. During a sweep at Kansas, Fisher hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning of the second game as the Wildcats scored nine unanswered runs to erase a 6-0 deficit in a 9-6 victory. In the Wildcats’ title-clinching victory last Friday against No. 19 Oklahoma, Fisher drove in Kansas State’s first run on a sixth inning single, the first of three runs in the frame to get to within one run of the Sooners.
The Brooks Wallace Award, sponsored by Mizuno, will be presented during the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions on June 29 in Lubbock, Texas.
Top-seeded Kansas State opens play at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship Wednesday with a 12:30 p.m., contest against No. 8-seed Texas Tech at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Okla. Every game from the Big 12 Championship can be seen nationally on Fox College Sports, while Sunday’s title game will be aired on FSN. Each postseason game will be carried on the K-State Sports Network.
Tickets for the Big 12 Championship are available by calling the Oklahoma City RedHawks Box Office at (405) 218-1000 or by visiting www.big12sports.com.