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Bo Altobelli Named to Johnny Bench Award Watch List

Altobelli is one of 11 catchers in the nation to be named to the watch list in back-to-back seasons

March 8, 2012

LUBBOCK, Texas - For the second consecutive season, Texas Tech junior catcher Bo Altobelli has been named to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List, the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission announced Wednesday afternoon. The Bench Award is presented by

A total of 43 catchers nationally were named to the watch list, which is presented annually to the country's top collegiate catcher.

Altobelli (Plano, Texas) is one of only 11 catchers in the nation to be named to the Bench Award Watch List for the second consecutive season while he joins Kansas State's Dan Klein as the only catchers from the Big 12 to make the 2012 list. In addition, Altobelli is the first Tech catcher to be named to the Bench Award Watch list in consecutive seasons since Matt Smith in 2006-07.

Altobelli has started the 2012 campaign batting .306 (15-for-49) with seven runs, one home run, six RBI and is 3-of-3 in stolen bases.

The award, which is to honor athletes that serve as the team's starting catcher in at least 75 percent of the games, is also based on defense where Altobelli is fielding a perfect 1.000 on the season with 88 putouts and 15 assists.

In his Tech career, Altobelli is a .314 hitter while having played in 78 games (54 starts) with 36 runs scored, eight doubles, one triple, two home runs, 35 RBI, 24 walks and only 26 strikeouts with 7-of-8 stolen bases while posting a .983 fielding percentage (250 putouts, 43 assists, 5 errors).

Altobelli is among team leaders this season with five multi-hit games and enters the weekend after notching back-to-back multi-hit performances against Houston (3-for-5) and No. 10 Arizona State (2-for-5).

Texas Tech Catchers Named to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List:
2012 - Bo Altobelli (Junior)
2011 - Bo Altobelli (Sophomore)
2010 - Jeremy Mayo (Junior)
2007 - Matt Smith (Junior)
2006 - Matt Smith (Sophomore)



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