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Courtesy: University of Pennsylvania
Bossart Named to Johnny Bench Award Watch List
Courtesy: University of Pennsylvania  
Release:  03/11/2013

PHILADELPHIA - Austin Bossart of the Penn baseball team has been named to the initial watch list for the 2013 Johnny Bench Award, given annually to the top Division I catcher in the nation. Only 48 catchers nationwide made the initial watch list, and Bossart is the only representative on the list from Ivy League.

One of three team captains this year and just a sophomore, Bossart was named honorable mention All-Ivy last season after a freshman campaign in which he batted .276 with 17 runs batted in and six stolen bases. His impact on the game went far beyond his offensive numbers though. Starting 39 of Penn's 40 games in 2012, Bossart threw out 22 baserunners, including a stretch of games against Brown, La Salle, Dartmouth and Harvard where he caught five consecutive runners stealing. He also kept runners honest by picking off five who wandered too far off the bag.

There have been no signs of a letdown from Bossart to start this season. A .324 average through nine games puts him third on the team among those who have started every game. He's also improved his power numbers in the early going, already matching his output from a year ago with four doubles. Though catchers aren't often known to be a threat to run, Bossart has added three stolen bases in four attempts.

While his offense has improved, his defense is as strong as ever. In eight games behind the plate, Bossart has allowed just six stolen bases in 13 attempts. Taking away the first two games of the season at William & Mary, he's caught five of the last seven attempted base stealers this season, including all three in Penn's most recent game at Winthrop on Sunday.

Bossart will look to continue his torrid start to the season on Wednesday afternoon, when Penn wraps up a stretch of 10 games away from Meiklejohn Stadium with a 3 p.m. game at Towson. The Quakers make their home debut on Saturday with a doubleheader against George Washington beginning at 12 p.m.

2013 Johnny Bench Award presented by BaseballSavings.com 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

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