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Hollinger on Wallace Player of the Year Watch

December 5, 2008  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty catcher Errol Hollinger

Liberty catcher Errol Hollinger

Liberty senior catcher Errol Hollinger has been named to the preseason 2009 Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Award Watch List.

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

Hollinger is one of 204 collegiate players appearing on the preseason Wallace Watch list. It is the second straight year a Flame has appeared on the list. Last season, Garrett Young was named to the award's watch list.

This past season, Hollinger finished among the Big South leaders in runs scored (6th – 60), hits (7th – 82), RBIs (tied 8th – 47), doubles (tied 5th – 19) and total bases (tied 7th – 127). On the defensive side, he led the conference in runners caught stealing with 26 and fewest passed balls with four.

The senior hit .319 with eight home runs and a .494 slugging percentage in 62 games in 2008. He led the Flames by hitting in 21-straight games, the longest hitting streak by a Liberty player last season. Hollinger also led Liberty in both multiple-hit games (26) and multiple-RBI games. The catcher was selected to the Big South all-conference second team at the end of the season.

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 2009 award banquet will be held July 2, in the United Spirit Arena on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Tex.