Brian Guinn Named to the 2009 Wallace Award Watch List
May 1, 2009
LUBBOCK, TEXAS - University of California sophomore shortstop Brian Guinn, has been selected to the watch list for the Wallace Award, which will honor the nation's top collegiate shortstop for the 2009 season. For the first time since its creation in 2004, the Wallace Award will honor the country's finest shortstop. Previously, the Wallace Award was given to the national player of the year.
The Wallace Award is presented in conjunction with the College Baseball Hall of Fame's annual induction festivities. The 2009 award banquet will be held Thursday, July 2, 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.
Guinn, who has started 37 of the Bears' 42 games at shortstop, had a career-high 15-game hitting streak from March 9-April 3 (23-for-56, .411, 6-2B, 2-3B, 12 RBI) and is now batting .344 (54-for-157) with eight doubles, two triples, two home runs and 27 RBI. He also has 54 hits (7th in Pac-10), scored 35 runs (9th in Pac-10), has a .401 on-base percentage and is leading the Bears with a .407 average (22-for-54) with runners in scoring position.
Guinn, whose father, Brian, was also a standout shortstop at Cal and went on to a professional career, had a career-game April 15 at UC Davis, going 5-for-7 with two, three-run homers. Guinn also had a big game Feb. 25 at Santa Clara, going 4-for-4 with three runs scored, a double and three RBI. Guinn has 16 multiple-hit games, seven multiple-RBI games and nine stolen bases this season.