COLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior Dan Burkhart was named to the 2010 Johnny Bench Award watch list, the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission announced. The award is given to the nation’s top collegiate catcher.

The reigning Big Ten Conference Player of the Year, Burkhart batted .354 last season with 13 doubles, 10 home runs and 62 RBI. In 2010, Burkhart has continued his torrid pace from a season ago batting .435 with a pair of doubles, a triple and six RBI through six games. He has also has thrown out 25 of 70 (36 percent) of base stealers since the start of the 2009 campaign.