Mercer’s Madden named to Johnny Bench Award Watch List
Madden is one of 75 catchers on the initial watch list for the Johnny Bench Award, which is given annually to the top catcher in NCAA Division I baseball. He is the first Bear to be named to the watch list since Josh Thompson was tabbed as a semifinalist in 2006 and 2007.
The Dunwoody, Ga. native has started all 19 games for the Bears this season, ranking second on the team with three home runs and 13 RBI while batting .324 over his last eight contests. Defensively, he has registered 102 putouts and has caught eight runners attempting to steal.
The watch list will be narrowed down to the semifinalists, whom will be announced May 14, 2015. Ballots will be sent to the national voting panel at the end of May for a vote to determine the three finalists, who will be announced June 2, 2015. All finalists will travel to Wichita for the award announcement at the 18th Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on June 25, 2015.
The Bears return to action this weekend, as they welcome Bradley to Macon for a three-game series at Claude Smith Field. Play kicks off on Friday, March 13, at 6 p.m.