Pepperdine’s Vincej named NCAA shortstop of the year

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Pepperdine junior shortstop Zach Vincej was awarded the 2012 Brooks Wallace Award Saturday night, an award given annually to the nation’s top collegiate shortstop.

Vincej, the 2012 WCC Defensive Player of the Year, compiled impressive statistics over his 59 games played this season for the Waves, posting a .986 fielding percentage with 35 double plays turned and only four errors recorded.

He also hit for a .339 batting average out of the leadoff position, scoring 59 runs, batting in 39 and posting a .848 on-base percentage on the year.

Vincej is also the first ever Pepperdine baseball player to win this award.

“The whole experience has been amazing,” Vincej said in a press release issued by the school. “It is just a honor and a privilege for me to earn an award like this. Brooks was an amazing man and to be in the same sentence as him is an honor.”