Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Commie Catcher Shea Robin named to Johnny Bench Award List

Yesterday, junior Commie catcher, Shea Robin, was named to the Initial Johnny Bench award list by the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission. The award is given annually to the top catcher in Division I baseball. Shea is one of 27 catchers from 17 conferences to be named to the initial list as nominated by their respective coaches.

Robin joins three other catchers from the SEC: J.P. Arencibia (UT), Edward Easley (MSU), and Robert Lara (LSU). He is hitting .311 so far this season with one home run and 11 RBI's. He has only made ONE error in 188 chances, good for a .995 fielding percentage.
The list will be updated May 7th and then narrowed down to 10 finalists on May 17th.
As for the team as a whole, the Commies picked up two No. 1 rankings this week by Baseball America and Rivals.com. They were also ranked in the top spot by the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll for the third straight week and by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association for the fourth consecutive time.
Collegiate Baseball, which had ranked Vanderbilt No. 1 for the last four weeks, dropped the team to No. 2 in favor or 23-0 Florida State.
The Commies travel to Western Kentucky today, and if my building doesn't catch on fire again, I'll try and get a brief post up before the game. The Commies then continue SEC play at Arkansas this weekend.

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