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Young Selected to Wallace Watch List

December 8, 2007  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty outfielder Garrett Young has been named to the preseason 2008 Brooke Wallace Award Watch List.

Liberty outfielder Garrett Young has been named to the preseason 2008 Brooke Wallace Award Watch List.

Liberty outfielder Garrett Young has been named to the preseason 2008 Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Award Watch List.

The Wallace Award is presented to the nation's top collegiate baseball player in conjunction with the College Baseball Hall of Fame's annual induction festivities.

Young is one of 224 collegiate players appearing on the preseason Wallace Watch list. The senior is the first Liberty player to appear on the list since its inception in 2004.

This past season, Young led the Flames and finished among the Big South leaders in batting average, slugging percentage, on base percentage, hits, runs scored, RBI and home runs. The 6-3, 225-lb., senior hit .389 with 12 doubles, two triples, eight home runs, 46 RBI and 53 runs scored in 50 games. He also hit in 18-straight games, the longest hitting streak by a Liberty player this year, and capped his season by being named to the 2007 Big South All-Tournament team.

Young, a native of Fountain Valley, Calif., was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 46th round of Major League Baseball's June amateur draft . The outfielder completed his first season with the Flames in 2007 and was selected to both the Big South all-conference and VaSID all-state second teams. 

The Wallace award is a dedication to the memory of the former Texas Tech player and assistant coach Brooks Wallace. The slick fielding shortstop was diagnosed with cancer and fought the disease courageously until his death on March 24, 1985, at age 27. The 2008 award banquet will be held July 3, in the United Spirit Arena on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Tex.