The award considerations keep rolling in for Kansas State. The Big 12 regular-season baseball champions dominated the Big 12 season awards, and several Kansas State players are in consideration for top natioinal honors. Among them is sophomore shortstop Austin Fisher, who is one of 14 players on the pare-down watch list for the Brooks Wallace Award, which recognizes the best shortstop in college baseball this season.
Fisher was fifth in the Big 12 during the regular season with an average of .358. He had 18 doubles, three triples, two home runs and 34 RBI. The K-State shorstop was sixth in the conference in slugging percentage (.516) and seventh in on-base percentage (.431).
Fisher was a major factor in the Wildcats season-ending series with Kansas and Oklahoma. He hit a two-run round-tripper in the eighth inning of the second game in the Kansas series, which contributed to a nine-run inning and brought Kansas State from six runs down to a 9-6 victory. He also led a three-run rally in the first game of the Oklahoma series last weekend that brought K-State within a run of the Sooners, which the Cats later overcame for a one-run victory.
In conference games only, Fisher was the league’s best hitter over Kansas State’s 23-game schedule. His .412 batting average in conference games was 36 points higher than the Big 12’s second-best hitter over that period.
The Brooks Wallace Award is presented annually by the College Baseball Foundation, part of the College Baseball Hall of Fame. The award was first introduced in 2004. Until 2009, the award was given to the player voted college baseball’s best player. In 2009, however, the award criteria was changed to honor shortstops only. Alex Gordon, then a third baseman for Nebraska, is the only Big 12 player to win the award (in 2005).
The award will be preesented during the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions on June 29.