LUBBOCK, Texas – Pepperdine shortstop Zach Vincej was named the recipient of the Brooks Wallace Award as the nation’s top collegiate shortstop on Saturday at the Collegiate Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions.
Vincej became the first Wave to win the honor after finishing his junior campaign batting .339, while only making four errors in 59 games played at shortstop. Vincej finished with a fielding percentage of .986, taking part in 35 double plays as part of the leading WCC tandem with second baseman Joe Sever. At one point during the season Vincej went 20 consecutive games without an error.
For his efforts with the leather, Vincej was named WCC Defensive Player of the Year, becoming just the second Wave to win the award. He also earned All-WCC honors for the second time in his career.
The junior collected 39 RBI, second most on the team, and boasted an on base percentage of .848 from his leadoff spot. Vincej 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 also had a career- and team-high 17-game hitting streak from April 22 through June 1 and two home runs.
Vincej also led the Waves with 26 multi-hit games. He added seven sacrifice flies, good for 24th best in the nation.
“This is a great weekend for Zach Vincej and Pepperdine baseball,” coach Steve Rodriguez said. “To be named the best shortstop in the country by receiving the Brooks Wallace Award is an amazing accomplishment and a great testament to the person and player Zach Vincej has become. Pepperdine has produced some great infielders, and this award has put Zach Vincej in an elite level in our programs history.”
Vincej was drafted in the 37th round of the MLB First Year Player Draft by the Cincinnati Reds, marking the first time in his career that he has been drafted.