WICHITA, Kan. – Miami University senior catcher John Crummy (Butler, Pa./Butler) was placed on the 2014 Johnny Bench Award watch list, which was revealed by the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission on Thursday.

Awarded since the 2000 season, the Johnny Bench Award is given to the nation’s top collegiate catcher based on athletic ability, sportsmanship, team leadership and character. The honor is voted on by Division I head coaches across the country.

Crummy has played in eight of the RedHawks’ first nine games, earning seven starts. He is off to a solid start at the plate, batting .323 with a .364 on-base percentage and a .419 slugging percentage. He has two extra-base hits on a double and a triple and he has scored six runs while driving in four more. The senior has recorded four multi-hit games in seven starts. In his career, Crummy boasts a .311 batting average in 109 games (95 starts). After playing sparingly as a freshman in 2011, he hit .305 and .317 while playing 49 and 47 games as a sophomore and junior respectively. The Butler, Pa., native has 64 career RBI.

The watch list will be narrowed down to semifinalists, who will be announced on May 15. Ballots will then be sent to the national voting panel at the end of May for a vote that determines the three finalists. Finalists will be announced at the College World Series on June 3 and the winner is revealed at the 17th Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on June 26.

Crummy and the RedHawks are back in action on Friday when they play at Louisville.