April 5, 2001
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - - Boston College catcher Jeff Mackor (Salem, N.H./St. John's Prep) was named to the 2001 Johnny Bench Award Watch List in an announcement made by the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission March 28. Mackor joins an elite list of 35 catchers from around the country, including last year's finalist, Casey Myers of Arizona State.
The watch list will be narrowed down to ten semi-finalists by May 15, 2001. Three finalists will be announced during the College World Series in June with the winner introduced at the 4th Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet in Wichita, Kan.
Jeff Mackor, a 2001 preseason All-BIG EAST selection, is currently batting .253 with 11 RBIs. Mackor had an eight-game hit streak from March 6 - 19, highlighted by four consecutive multiple-hit games from March 11 - 19. The junior led the team in batting at Virginia Tech, hitting .583 over the three-game series. In BC's spring training trip, Mackor powered hits in six of his seven games played while driving in two runs in each of two games. In fact, he knocked in the game-winning run twice (Buffalo, LaSalle). He also had two hits in BC's 11-5 exhibition loss to the Red Sox. Defensively, he has thrown out 16 batters all season.
In addition to his preseason conference recognition, Mackor was distinguished in national publications. He was picked as a Collegiate Baseball BIG EAST player to watch, and voted a BIG EAST top prospect and catcher with the best arm in Baseball America.
As of April 4, Boston College is 11-12-0 overall and 1-6 in the BIG EAST conference. The loss to Virginia Tech on March 18, snapped BC's eight-game win steak, its first-ever sweep on the spring training trip (March 3 - 11). The last time an Eagle squad won eight-consecutive games was 1977.