April 20, 2013
PALO ALTO, Calif. - University of Arizona baseball shortstop Kevin Newman has been named one of 25 quarterfinalists for the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award, the National College Baseball Hall of Fame announced in Lubbock, Texas, late Friday night.
Newman has turned in a sterling rookie season for the Wildcats and is one of just two freshmen on the watch list. The product from Poway High School in Poway, Calif., has started all 37 games and has been one of the club's top offensive and defensive players.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder ranks in the top 10 of several offensive categories in the Pac-12, including base hits (fifth, 49), batting average (seventh, .343), runs scored (10th, 27) and stolen bases (eighth, eight steals).
Defensively, Newman boasts a .982 fielding percentage and has committed only three errors on the season. He ranks ninth in the conference with 99 assists and has helped the club turn 26 doubles plays.
Newman is one of four Pac-12 shortstops included on the list, joining Arizona State's Drew Stankiewicz, Oregon's J.J. Altobelli and Oregon State's Andy Peterson.
The only other freshman among the 25 honorees is Louisiana State's Alex Bregman.
Newman is penciled in as the starting shortstop and will bat fifth in the Wildcats' lineup today.
Arizona (24-13, 8-8 Pac-12), which last dropped a narrow 4-3 decision, tries to even its three-game series at Stanford (21-11, 8-5 Pac-12). First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. (PDT).