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UAM's COREY WOOD EARNS 2016 JOSH WILLINGHAM AWARD

June 08, 2016 - University of Arkansas Monticello's senior outfielder Corey Wood has been named the winner of the 2016 Josh Willinhgam Award as DII baseball's Most Valuable Player. The award is is named after former University of North Alabama Lion star, Josh Willingham, and honors a player who not only excels on the diamond, but in the dugout, clubhouse and practice field as well, and leads his team to national championship caliber status.

This season Wood ended his collegiate career as the Great American Conference Player of the Year, the GAC Championship Tournament Most Valuable Player and the MVP of the NCAA Division II Central Region Tournament. He was also named to the All-GAC First Team and was an All-Region First Team selection by three different organizations.

In 2015 the Weevils finished a ho-hum 17-20, but turned around this season to reach the 40-win mark for the first time in school history and were a pair of wins away from making a trip to the DII CWS. The team's resurgence was made in large part to the breakout season of Wood who broke UAM single-seaso records in home runs (26), runs scored (67), RBI (90), total bases (183), slugging percentage (.847) and he tied the school record for hits with 81. At the GAC level, he broke single-season records for home runs and RBI as well as extablished new career home runs, RBI and career total bases records.

2016 JOSH WILLINGHAM AWARD FINALISTS

NAME, SCHOOL, CONFERENCE
Marquis Collier, Alderson Broaddus, Great Midwest
Reese Gregory, St. Cloud State, NSIC
Stephen Lohr, Cal Baptist, PacWest
Tanner Morache, Dixie St., PacWest
Luke Ortel, Hillsdale, GLIAC
Will Robertson, Delta State, Gulf South
John Silviano, Lynn, Sunshine State
Ryan Snyder, Quincy, GLVC
Placido Torres, Tusculum,Southern Atlantic
Matt Williams, Grand Valley State, GLIAC
Alex Wojciechowski, Minnesota Duluth, NSIC
Corey Wood, Arkansas Monticello, Great American