Turner, Wahl Named Ferriss Award Finalists

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Stuart Turner and Bobby Wahl were named finalists for the 2013 C Spire Ferriss Award.
Stuart Turner and Bobby Wahl were named finalists for the 2013 C Spire Ferriss Award.

May 13, 2013

OXFORD, Miss. – Junior catcher Stuart Turner and junior right-hander Bobby Wahl have been named as two of the five finalists for the 2013 C Spire Ferriss Award, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum announced late Monday afternoon.

The pair of Rebels comprises an expanded list of five finalists for the award this year that was previously made up of three finalists through the first nine years. The Ferriss Award, which honors the top collegiate baseball player in Mississippi, is being presented for the 10th time after first being presented in the 2004 season.

The winner of the award will be announced at a luncheon on Monday, May 20, at 11:15 a.m. at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in Jackson.

Previous winners from Ole Miss include Stephen Head (2004), Brian Pettway (2005), Scott Bittle (2008) and Drew Pomeranz (2010). Other finalists for the award from Ole Miss include Zack Cozart (2007), Bittle (2009) and Alex Yarbrough (2012).

Turner leads the Rebels at the plate this year with a .390 batting average, five home runs and 46 RBI as he has helped Ole Miss post a 35-17 record and sit fifth in the overall Southeastern Conference standings with a week to play in the season. He ranks in the top 10 in the SEC in several offensive categories, including batting average (T4th-.390), slugging percentage (5th-.566), on base percentage (5th-.462), runs scored (T7th-43), hits (T4th-71), RBI (6th-46) and doubles (T3rd-15).

Wahl has been the ace of the Rebel pitching staff this season, posting a 9-0 record this season and leading all-starters in the Southeastern Conference with a 1.43 ERA this season. The junior has turned in 10 quality starts this season and posted 73 strikeouts. The Rebels have not trailed when he left a game this season as Wahl has held opponents to a .177 batting average and ranks in the top five in the SEC in ERA, opposing batting average, wins and is ninth in strikeouts.

Against seven nationally-ranked foes, Wahl has posted a 4-0 record with a 1.14 ERA and held opponents to a .163 batting average while posting 45 strikeouts. He has also allowed only six earned runs in those outings. In his no decisions in the remaining starts against No. 2 Vanderbilt, No. 24 Kentucky and No. 13 Mississippi State, the Rebels did not trail when Wahl left the game.

Wahl has also been a part of four shutouts this season, posting shutout victories over No. 12 TCU, No. 22 Alabama, a complete-game shutout at Tennessee and, due to a quick in the weather, combined for a shutout of No. 13 Mississippi State in the series opener when he pitched the first inning and recorded three strikeouts before the game was suspended due to rain. The game was then resumed the next day, with the Rebels going on to post the 3-0 victory.

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