Bo Altobelli Added to Johnny Bench Award Watch List
April 14, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech sophomore Bo Altobelli is one of six catchers who have been officially added to the 2011 Coleman Company Johnny Bench Award Watch List, the Greater Wichita Sports Commission announced Thursday.
The Bench Award is given annually to the nation's top collegiate catcher.
Altobelli (Plano, Texas) is among team leaders this season batting .386 (27-for-70) with 17 runs, six doubles, 17 RBI and 12 walks with a .477 on-base percentage. Behind the plate, Altobelli has yet to commit an error with 123 putouts and 20 assists on the season.
Altobelli has nine multi-hit games, including one three-hit game and one four-hit performance. He started out the season batting .643 (9-for-14) during his first six games played. He continued his hot bat batting over .400 through the halfway point of the season.
In addition, he leads the team with 11 infield base hits and with five bunt singles.
Altobelli is one of only seven sophomore catchers in the nation who have been named to the award watch list and is one of only four catchers in the Big 12 to land on the Bench Award watch list.