Navy's Speciale Named to Brooks Wallace Award Watch List
Navy junior outfielder Michael Speciale
Dec. 9, 2008
LUBBOCK, Texas - Navy baseball outfielder Michael Speciale (Jr./Pearland, Texas) is one of 209 players selected for the 2009 Brooks Wallace Award Player of the Year Watch List, it was announced by the College Baseball Foundation last week.
Speciale is the second Navy player in program history to be named to the national player of the year watch list. Recent graduate Mitch Harris was named to the elite list in both his 2007 and '08 campaigns. Speciale is one of two Patriot League members on the list, as he is joined by Clint Moore from service academy foe Army.
A product of Pearland, Texas, Speciale delivered a sensational sophomore year in 2008 that earned him Second-Team All-Northeast Region and First-Team All-Patriot League honors. He finished the year with a .350 (82-for-234) batting average with 15 doubles, six triples, 10 home runs, 47 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. The Navy outfielder led the Patriot League and set single-season school records for runs scored and total bases (139) and also led the league in triples. He also ranked among the Patriot League's top-10 hitters in batting average (fourth), hits (second), home runs (second), doubles (fourth), RBIs (third), stolen bases (seventh), walks (sixth, 21), slugging percentage (third, .594) and on-base percentage (eighth, .416)
The winner of the 2009 Brooks Wallace Award will be announced in conjunction with the College Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on Thursday, July 2, at 7 p.m., in the United Spirit Arena on the campus of Texas Tech University.
The award is dedicated to the memory of former Texas Tech player and assistant coach Brooks Wallace. He led the Red Raiders to their first Southwest Conference Tournament in 1980 before spending two years in the Texas Rangers organization. While an assistant coach at his alma mater in the summer of 1984, he was diagnosed with cancer and fought the disease before passing away on March 24, 1985, at the age of 27.
Speciale and Navy will open its 2009 slate with the Service Academy Spring Classic on Feb. 20-22 in Millington, Tenn., against Air Force and Pittsburgh. Last spring, the Midshipmen went 32-25-1, including an 11-9 mark in the Patriot League, and hosted the league's semifinal and championship series.