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    Dozier Named as Finalist for Brooks Wallace Award
    Dozier named a finalist for the Brooks Wallace Award.
    Dozier named a finalist for the Brooks Wallace Award.

    June 15, 2013

    Stephen F. Austin shortstop, and recent first-round draft choice of the Kansas City Royals, Hunter Dozier, has been named a finalist for the Brooks Wallace Award announced award officials Saturday morning. The award is given annually to the nation's top shortstop.

    Dozier is one of only three players named to the finalist list, along with LSU's Alex Bregman and Trea Turner of North Carolina State.

    Dozier led the Southland Conference, and finished ranked among the nation's top 10 batting .396 with 17 home run, while finishing second in the league with 52 RBIs. Recently named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association (NCBWA), Baseball America and Perfect Game All-America teams, Dozier became the highest select SLC baseball player taken in 2013 MLB Amateur draft when he was picked eighth overall by the Royals. His selection also equaled the highest choice by any Southland athlete in any sport (Andrew Toney was picked eighth overall by the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers in 1980).

    It took Dozier only three seasons in Nacogdoches to become the school's all-time leader in hits and doubles. He also owns the school's single-season record for multi-hit games and doubles. Earlier this season Dozier became the first Lumberjack in program history to be named a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award. He is also a national semifinalist for the Dick Howser Award (top player).