Two Missouri Valley Conference baseball players have been named to the 2012 Brooks Wallace Award List, as announced Thursday, including Evansville's Eric Stamets and Wichita State's Dayne Parker.
The Wallace Award, sponsored by Mizuno, recognizes the nation's top shortstop and will be presented on June 30 in Lubbock, Texas, as part of the College Baseball Hall of Fame's Night of Champions.
Eric Stamets, Evansville
Stamets, a native of Dublin, Ohio, has started 157 consecutive games, including all 45 this season, batting .312 with 31 runs, 18 RBI, and a team-high 15 doubles. The junior also leads the conference and ranks 20th in Division I with 25 steals (25-31). With incredible range in the field, Stamets owns a .962 fielding percentage with 76 putouts and league-high 153 assists.
In his three-year career, Stamets has accumulated 95 steals (95-119), ranking second all-time at Evansville, while also setting the single-season record with 43 as a freshman.
Stamets was a consensus Freshman All-American and the MVC Freshman of the Year in 2010. He was also named to the MVC preseason all-conference team the past two seasons, and turned heads last summer, as a Cape Cod League All-Star.
Dayne Parker, Wichita State
Parker, a sophomore from Roff, Okla., is hitting .320 with 28 runs, 13 doubles, two home runs, 23 RBI and a .967 fielding percentage in 47 games for the Shockers this season.