Holaday named finalist for Bench Award

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    Senior catcher Bryan Holaday remains one of three finalists for the Coleman Company-Johnny Bench Award, an award intended to recognize college baseball’s top catcher.

    The winner of the award will be announced on July 1 in Wichita, Kansas.

    According to JohnnyBench.com, the Johnny Bench Award was created in 2000 to honor the best college baseball catcher. It is dedicated to former Cincinnati catcher Johnny Bench, who was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in January 1989 and by some considered to be the best defensive catcher in baseball history.

    Holaday has put together an outstanding senior campaign for the fifth-ranked TCU Horned Frogs. In addition to being named first-team all-conference, Holaday has also earned MVP honors at the Houston College Classic and the Mountain West Conference postseason tournament.

    Offensively, he is hitting .357 and is one of only two Frogs to have played in all 57 games this season. Of his 85 hits on the season, 22 are doubles, 1 triple and 12 home runs. He has driven in 46 runs to rank fourth on the team.

    His defensive numbers are nothing short of outstanding. He has tallied a team-high six pick-offs and thrown out 21 of 41 attempted base stealers.

    A final vote among the national committee will occur during the College World Series. All finalists will be brought to Wichita and the winner will be announced at the 13th Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on July 1, 2010.

    The other two finalists for the award are Miami’s Yasmani Grandal and Coastal Carolina’s Jose Iglesias.