Holaday recieves Johnny Bench Award

By Skiff Staff

TCU catcher Bryan Holaday was named the 2010 Coleman Company-Johnny Bench Award recipient, an award presented to the top catcher in collegiate baseball.

Holaday is the 11th player to win the award since its inception in 2000. It is the first major award won by a TCU baseball player in school history.

A first-team all-conference member, Holaday adds to his list of accolades, which also include second-team All-America honors. He is a three-time MWC Hitter of the Week winner and was also named MVP of both the Houston College Classic and the Mountain West Conference Tournament. He earned a spot on the 11-man College World Series all-tournament team.

Holaday was clearly the leader of the team, helping lead the Horned Frogs to their first-ever appearance in the College World Series. He was one of just two Frogs to start all 68 games this season. He hit .355 with a school-record 99 hits. He tallied 72 runs scored and drove in 53. Holaday hit 24 doubles, one triple and 17 home runs.

Defensively, Holaday guided a staff that posted a 3.55 ERA. As a team, the Frogs surrendered just 30 stolen bases in 57 attempts. Holaday threw out 46% of the runners trying to steal and posted a .988 fielding percentage.

He was one of three finalists for the award, joining Miami’s Yasmani Grandl and Coastal Carolina’s Jose Iglesias at the award’s ceremony in Wichita, Kan.

Previous Winners: 2009 J.T. Wise, University of Oklahoma 2008 Buster Posey, Florida State University 2007 Edward Easley, Mississippi State University 2006 Jake Smith, East Carolina University 2005 Jeff Clement, University of Southern California 2004 Kurt Suzuki, Cal State – Fullerton 2003 Ryan Garko, Stanford University 2002 Jeremy Brown, University of Alabama 2001 Kelly Shoppach, Baylor University 2000 Brad Cresse, Louisiana State University

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