LUBBOCK, Texas (April 25, 2014) – Senior Pat Sweeney (Sparta, N.J.) of the Rutgers baseball team has been named one of 35 candidates nationally for the 2014 Brooks Wallace Award. The honor is given annually to the top shortstop in college baseball.
Raising production as a senior, Sweeney leads the Scarlet Knights and ranks third in the American Athletic Conference with a .356 batting average. He has already connected for career-highs with eight doubles and three triples this season to accumulate a .525 slugging percentage. Additionally, he has a .455 on-base percentage to pace the offense.
In 35 games and starts, Sweeney has 11 multiple-hit games, including two with four hits. He went 4-for-4 against Hofstra to spark a streak of 10 consecutive plate appearance reaching base over three games. Sweeney also went 4-for-4 with a double, home run, three runs and three RBIs in a win over Fordham.
The Brooks Wallace Award, sponsored by Mizuno, will be presented during the National College Baseball Hall of Fame's Night of Champions on June 28 in Lubbock, Texas. Click here for the full press release.
“These young men have put up impressive numbers in two months,” said Larry Wallace, award co-chair. “There's nearly a month left in the regular season, and it will be interesting to see what the rest of the season brings.”
Sweeney has four hits in his last seven at bats, as Rutgers will begin a series tonight at No. 22 UCF in Orlando.