March 11, 2013
Zagunis named to Johnny Bench Award Watch List
Tech's catcher is one of 48 up for the national honor
2013 Johnny Bench Award presented by Watch List

Blake Austin JR Auburn University
Brett Austin SO North Carolina State University
Dan Bethea SR St. John's University
Austin Bossart SO University of Pennsylvania
Ryan Breen SR University of Central Florida
Garrett Custons SR Air Force Academy
Mike Danaher SR Binghamton University
Blair DeBord JR Kansas State University
Brian Dixon JR University of New Orleans
Kaiana Eldredge JR University of Kansas
Zane Evans JR Georgia Tech
Drew Farber JR UNC Wilmington
Jacob Felts JR University of Texas
Aramis Garcia SO Florida International University
Mitchell Garver SR University of New Mexico
Kyle Gibson JR University of Louisville
Grayson Greiner SO University of South Carolina
Radley Haddad SR Butler University
Chris Hoo JR Cal Poly
Nate Irving SO University of Virginia
Blake Johnson SR Arkansas-Little Rock
Jose Longoria SR Grambling State University
Adam Martin JR Western Carolina University
Stephen McGee JR Florida State University
Riley Moore SO University of Arizona
Spencer Navin JR Vanderbilt University
Grant Nelson SR Saint Louis University
Ramon Ortega SR Manhattan College
Matt Paré SR Boston College
Jordan Parris JR Tennessee Tech University
Colton Plaia SR Loyola Marymount University
Jake Rodriguez JR Oregon State University
Tyler Ross JR Louisiana State University
Tanner Rust JR New Mexico State University
Scott Sarratt SR Georgia State University
Brandon Schott SR University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Kyle Schwarber SO Indiana University
Ronnie Shaeffer SR UC Irvine
Adam Sonabend JR Eastern Michigan University
Elvin Soto SO University of Pittsburgh
Michael Spano SR Florida Atlantic University
Andrew Stumph SR Texas State University
Alex Swim SR Elon University
Stuart Turner JR University of Mississippi
Luke Voit SR Missouri State University
Matt Winn SO Virginia Military Institute
Jake Wise JR University of Arkansas
Mack Zagunis SO Virginia Tech

BLACKSBURG - Virginia Tech's Mark Zagunis is one of 48 catchers to be named to the 2013 Johnny Bench Award Watch List as announced today by the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission.

Zagunis has started in all 16 games this season for the Hokies and has reached base in all of them. He's one of the top offensive weapons for the Hokies this season, which includes tied for the team-lead in hits (23), doubles (6), total bases (32) and stolen bases (7), while he is second in runs scored (15) and third in batting (.359) and on-base percentage (.431).

The Cinnaminson, N.J. native has made 10 starts behind the plate this season and has helped the pitching staff post a 3.99 ERA through 16 games. He has committed just one error so far this year.

Zagunis is one of six catchers from the ACC selected to the watch list.

The list for the Johnny Bench Award, presented by, will be updated to include other candidates through May 6, then narrowed to a semifinalist list on May 16. Ballots will be sent to the national voting panel at the end of May, which will determine the three finalists - announced on June 4.

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 teh 15th Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on June 27.

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