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College baseball: Vincej named nation's top shortstop

Saugus grad received Brooks Wallace Award

Posted: July 2, 2012 7:20 p.m.
Updated: July 2, 2012 7:20 p.m.

Saugus High graduate and Pepperdine baseball player Zach Vincej is the nation’s top collegiate shortstop.

Vincej was named the Brooks Wallace Award winner on Saturday at the Collegiate Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions.

The award has been given out since 2004, but after 2009 it has been presented to the nation’s top shortstop.

“This is a great weekend for Zach Vincej and Pepperdine baseball,” said Pepperdine head coach Steve Rodriguez. “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, a 2009 Saugus grad, made just four errors in 59 games and batted .339.

He was named the West Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year and received All-WCC honors for the second time in his career.

On June 6, he was taken in the 37th round of the Major League First-Year Player Draft by the Cincinnati Reds.
The junior has not signed yet.

The deadline for him to sign is July 13.


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