Scaperotta Named to Pre-Season Wallace Watch List

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Senior baseball player Joseph Scaperotta was named to the 2008 Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Watch list that was released by the College Baseball Foundation, Friday, Dec. 7.

Scaperotta (San Diego, Calif.), one of four players on the list out of the Western Athletic Conference, led the Aggies in batting average (.341) doubles (19), triples (3), home runs (10) and slugging percentage (.594) in 2007. He helped the team win 22 games last season and was a defensive leader as he played centerfield.

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 ceremonies. The 2008 award banquet will be held Thursday, July 3, in the United Spirit Arena on the campus of Texas Tech University.

Last year’s Brooks Wallace award went to Vanderbilt pitcher, David Price. Price was the first overall pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft and is currently pitching in the Tampa Bay Rays organization. The 2006 winner was standout pitcher/designated hitter Brad Lincoln of Houston. Nebraska’s Alex Gordon, now with the Kansas City Royals, took home the 2005 trophy. The inaugural award was given in 2004 to Kurt Suzuki of Cal State Fullerton, who is now catching for the Oakland A’s.

The award is dedicated to the memory of former Texas Tech shortstop and assistant coach, Brooks Wallace. He was a slick-fielding shortstop at Texas Tech from 1977 to 1980. A 4-year starter, he was named All-Southwest Conference and All-District Six his senior year when he led the Red Raiders to their first-ever appearance in the Southwest Conference Tournament. After playing two years in the Texas Rangers organization, he returned to Texas Tech and served as a graduate assistant and later as an assistant coach. In the summer of 1984 he was diagnosed with cancer and fought the disease outrageously until his death on March 24, 1985, at age 27. The Plano, Texas, native was married to the former Sandy Arnold and they had one daughter, Lindsay Ryan.