FS's Batesole & UNM's Bowers Named to Brooks Wallace Award Watch List


Courtesy of Fresno State Athletics & New Mexico Athletics

LUBBOCK, Texas – Fresno State sophomore Korby Batesole and New Mexico senior Dalton Bowers were named to the initial watch list for the 2016 Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award presented by the National College Baseball Hall of Fame, the organization announced on Thursday.

Batesole, a Clovis, California native, has appeared in 37 games this spring for the Bulldogs making 32 starts. Among those qualified, he ranks fourth on the team hitting .291 from the plate and fifth on the club with 110 at-bats. He has 32 hits, 10 runs scored and seven RBIs to go along with a .300 slugging percentage and a .339 on-base percentage.

Defensively, Batesole has a team-leading 80 assists and has accounted for 23 percent of the team's 348 assists. He has a .951 fielding percentage and 37 putouts on the season.

Batesole ranks third on the team with 11 multi-hit games this season and went for a career-high three hits in the 'Dogs 14-1 win over Air Force on April 1. He had his lone extra-base hit of the season, a double, along with a run scored and two RBIs in a 10-5 win at San Diego State on March 5.

Bowers, a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, is hitting .331 on the season with three home runs and 30 runs batted in over 37 games, all starts, at shortstop. He also has 12 doubles and two triples and has scored 31 times.

Bowers has been a major factor in the Lobos sitting in the top 10 nationally in double plays with 44, having a hand in 35 of those. His 132 assists lead the team.

The Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year award will be presented on July 2 in Lubbock as part of the annual Night of Champions event.