Dec. 7, 2007
Providence, RI - A pair of Brown outfielders, senior captain Ryan Murphy (Mantoloking, NJ) and junior Steve Daniels (Fox Point, WI), have been named to the 2008 Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Award Watch List.
The Wallace Award is presented to the nation's top collegiate baseball player in conjunction with the College Baseball Hall of Fame's annual induction festivities. Past winners include David Price of Vanderbilt, Brad Lincoln of Houston, Alex Gordon of Nebraska, and Kurt Suzuki of Cal State Fullerton. All four are currently playing for Major League organizations.
Murphy was 16th in the country with a .410 batting average last season. He had a career year, setting personal bests in every offensive category en route to First Team All-Ivy, First Team All-New England, and Second Team All-Northeast honors. His overall average was third in the League, while his .423 average in Ivy play was good for seventh. Murphy was named to the NCAA Austin Regional All-Tournament team after going 4-for-7 with a walk and an RBI in two games. Hitting in the number-two slot in the batting order for most of the year, he excelled at advancing runners, successfully doing so almost 62 percent of the time (55 out of 89 opportunities), a team high. His career batting average of .368 is currently third all-time at Brown, and just one point behind the leaders, John King '79 and Matt Kutler '05.
Daniels, a speedy center fielder and leadoff hitter, was the 2006 Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Year. Last season, he led the Ivy League in triples (7) and stolen bases (28). He set a Brown single-season record with 186 at-bats hitting at the top of the Brown order, scoring 47 runs, second in the Ivy League. His 38 career steals tie him for 10th all-time at Brown.
The Wallace Award is a dedication to the memory of the former Texas Tech player and assistant coach Brooks Wallace. Wallace was a slick-fielding shortstop at Texas Tech from 1977 to 1980. A four-year starter, he was named All-Southwest Conference and All-District his senior year. He led the Red Raiders to their first-ever appearance in the Southwest Conference Tournament in 1980. After playing two years in the Texas Rangers organization, he returned to Texas Tech and served as a graduate assistant and later as an assistant coach. In the summer of 1984, he was diagnosed with cancer and fought the disease courageously until his death on March 24, 1985, at age 27.