Liberty, IN—In the past, the Johnny Bench Award has been presented to college baseball’s top NCAA Division I catcher, but this year it was extended to include top high school baseball and softball catchers from Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and West Virginia.Nate Webb, a 2019 graduate of Union County High School, a four-year letter winner in baseball, received a congratulatory phone call from Bench himself, but as he was not home at the time, he has the voice mail message from Bench to keep forever.The 10 winners will be honored June 18 at the Johnny Bench Awards Luncheon at Great American Ball Park. An award presentation will also occur on the Great American Ball Park field during pre-game ceremonies before the Reds vs. Houston Astros game that evening.
___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWichita State (21-7, 9-6) vs. SMU (19-8, 9-6)Moody Coliseum, Dallas; Sunday, 4 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Two guards will be on display as Erik Stevenson and Wichita State will battle Tyson Jolly and SMU. The sophomore Stevenson is averaging 12 points over the last five games. Jolly, a senior, is averaging 14.8 points over the last five games. Associated Press Stevenson, Wichita State visit SMU February 28, 2020 LEADING THE CHARGE: Stevenson is averaging 11.6 points and 4.9 rebounds to lead the way for the Shockers. Jaime Echenique is also a key contributor, accounting for 9.8 points and six rebounds per game. The Mustangs have been led by Jolly, who is averaging 14.8 points and 6.3 rebounds.OFFENSIVE THREAT: Kendric Davis has made or assisted on 41 percent of all SMU field goals over the last five games. The sophomore guard has accounted for 22 field goals and 26 assists in those games.PERFECT WHEN: SMU is a perfect 14-0 when its defense holds opponents to a field goal percentage of 42.4 percent or less. The Mustangs are 5-8 when allowing opponents to shoot any better than that.STREAK STATS: SMU has won its last nine home games, scoring an average of 76.9 points while giving up 66.3.DID YOU KNOW: SMU is rated first among AAC teams with an average of 74.4 points per game.