Cooper, Satin and Miller Selected to Wallace Award Watch List
May 5, 2008
LUBBOCK, TEXAS - Three University of California baseball players have been named to the revised watch list for the Wallace Award, which will honor the nation's top collegiate baseball player for the 2008 season. Junior first baseman David Cooper, senior second baseman Josh Satin and freshman right-hander Kevin Miller have all been selected as candidates for this prestigious award.
The Wallace Award is presented to the nations top collegiate baseball player in conjunction with the College Baseball Hall of Fame's annual induction festivities. The 2008 award banquet will be held Thursday, July 3, in the United Spirit Arena on the campus of Texas Tech University. The Wallace Award is a dedication to the memory of the former Texas Tech player and assistant coach Brooks Wallace. In the summer of 1984, Wallace was diagnosed with cancer and fought the disease courageously until his death on March 24, 1985, at age 27.
Cooper, from Stockton, is currently batting .386 with team-leading 12 doubles, 18 home runs and 52 RBI. He leads the Pac-10 in home runs, hits (70) and total bases (136), and is second in the league with a .756 slugging percentage. Cooper also leads team with 22 multiple hit games and 16 multiple RBI games, and has had two game-winning hits. He was the Apr. 1 Pac-10 Player of the Week when he went 6-for-12 with two doubles, two home runs and three RBI in the Bears' sweep of then-No. 5-ranked Long Beach State. A transfer from Cal State Fullerton, where he was a member of the College World Series all-tournament team as a freshman, Cooper is already seventh on the Cal career home run list (30, tied with Conor Jackson, 2001-03) and owns a .385 career batting average as a Bear.
Satin is having a spectacular senior campaign, batting .401 with nine doubles, 15 home runs and 45 RBI. The veteran infielder from Calabasas, Calif. is second in the conference with his .401 average, and is also second in the league in walks (40) and on-base percentage (.519). He hit safely in first 22 games this season and had a school-record a 27-game hitting streak that carried over from May 20, 2007 to Mar. 29, 2008. Satin was the Mar. 4 Pac-10 Player of the Week when he helped Cal defeat three ranked teams at the San Diego Tournament, going 10-for-19 .with a double, two home run and eight RBI as the Bears upended Fresno State, San Diego State and the University of San Diego. A freshman All-American in 2005, Satin currently owns a .313 career average at Cal with 40 doubles, two triples, 26 home runs and 146 RBI.
A true freshman from San Jose, Miller is 5-0 and is second in the Pac-10 with a 2.22 ERA in 17 appearances and four starts. He has 61 strikeouts in 56.2 innings and leads the league with an opponent batting average of .167. So far this season he has picked up victories over two-time defending national champion Oregon State, Fresno State, Long Beach State, San Francisco and Loyola Marymount.
The No. 16-ranked Bears (29-15-2, 9-9 in the Pac-10) will next host UC Davis (29-16) in a non-conference tilt on Tuesday, May 6 at 2:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond. Cal will then return to Pac-10 play when it travels to Stanford for a three-game series against Bay Area rival Cardinal beginning Friday, May 9 at 6 p.m. at Sunken Diamond.