Tony Caldwell named 2011 Bench Award semifinalist

AUBURN, Ala. – Senior catcher Tony Caldwell is one of 13 semifinalists
for the2011 Coleman Company-Johnny Bench Award, it was announced on
Thursday by the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission.

Caldwell, who has been on the initial list three times in his career but
is a semifinalist for the first time, has started 45 games behind the
plate in 2011 going into the final SEC series this weekend. He is
hitting .324 with 12 doubles, a triple, six home runs and 35 RBI,
scoring 34 runs. He also leads the team and is sixth in the SEC with a
.442 on base percentage, having drawn 28 walks and been hit by a pitch
eight times.

Defensively he has been one of the best in the country, throwing out 21
of 41 attempted base stealers and has picked a man off first. His 21
caught stealing by leads the SEC and is fifth nationally. For his career
he has thrown out 57 guys trying to steal, which is tied for the Auburn
record with former All-American Casey Dunn.

Ballots will be sent to the national voting panel at the end of May for
a vote to determine the three finalists. The finalists will be announced
June 6. A final vote among the national committee will occur during the
College World Series. All finalists will be brought to Wichita and
Johnny Bench will present the award at the 14th Annual Greater Wichita
Sports Banquet on June 30, 2011.

INFORMATION SOURCE: Auburn University Athletics