March 28, 2010
By: Ultima Rogers, Florida State Sports Information Student Assistant
LUBBOCK, Texas – Florida State shortstop Stephen Cardullo was nominated alongside the best in the nation this year for the second season in a row for the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List, released March 23.
The Wallace Award, sponsored by Mizuno, recognizes the country’s greatest shortstops and will be presented July 2nd in Lubbock, Texas, as a part of the College Baseball Award Show. The committee co-chairs Kevin Dunagan and Tyler Young worked very closely with the staff at the College Baseball Blog to ensure the best of the best Division I shortstops were all included.
Both the ACC and SEC lead all conferences with five players each on the watch list. The Atlantic Sun Conference features four players on the list.
This prestigious award which recognizes the country’s finest shortstops, used to honor the national player of the year, which from Florida State has included Buster Posey in 2008 and Tony Thomas, Jr., who was a finalist in 2007.
From joining the team as a walk-on in 2007, to becoming just the second shortstop to be named a first team All-American in school history in 2009, Cardullo has proven himself worthy of this award nomination. Cardullo, who is batting a solid .305 through the first 22 games with two doubles, two home runs, 22 RBI, and an on-base percentage of .437. He also leads the team in stolen bases going a perfect 7-for-7.
In this short start of the season, Cardullo has already been named ACC Player of the Week and to the watch list for Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award for his performance not only on the field, but also in the classroom.
When the award is presented in July, the CBA will recognize the top players in college baseball as part of the CBF’s annual celebration, which also includes the National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. In addition to the Brooks Wallace Award, other awards presented during the show will include the National Pitcher of the Year and the Dick Howser Trophy recognizes the National Player of the Year.