June 15, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. -- Pepperdine junior shortstop Zach Vincej has now been recognized as one of the top three shortstops in the country, as he was named a finalist for the prestigious Brooks Wallace Award on Friday by the College Baseball Hall of Fame at the College World Series.
Vincej (Saugus, Calif./Saugus HS) joins Arizona's Alex Mejia and Eastern Kentucky's Richie Rodriguez on the list of finalists. He is the first finalist for the award from Pepperdine.
The junior finished with a fielding percentage of .986, taking part in 38 double plays with only four errors. He batted .339 with two home runs, 39 RBIs and an on base percentage of .848 from his leadoff spot in the order. He earned All-West Coast Conference honors for his play and finished the year third in the conference with 82 hits, second with 56 runs scored and tied for first with 18 doubles. His .339 batting average was a career high and 10th best in the conference. He was drafted in the 37th round of the MLB First Year Player Draft by the Cincinnati Reds.
The winner of the Brooks Wallace Award will be named on June 30 in Lubbock, Texas, as part of College Baseball's Night of Champions. The event also features the announcement of winners of the John Olerud Award and National Pitcher of the Year Award. The Johnny Bench Award, the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award and Dick Howser Trophy will also be presented, as well as the 2012 National College Baseball Hall of Fame inductions.