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Zach Vincej
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Zach Vincej

Hometown:
Saugus, Calif.

High School:
Saugus HS

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 170

Position:
INF

Experience:
3 VL

Bats/Throws:
R/R

07/13/2012

Pepperdine Athletics 2011-12 Year in Review

Eighteen student-athletes earned All-American honors and 51 were all-conference.

07/06/2012

Sever and Vincej Earn Honorable Mention All-America Status from CollegiateBaseballInsider.com

These are the first career honors for Sever and Vincej from College Baseball Insider

06/30/2012

Vincej Wins Prestigious Brooks Wallace Award for Nation's Top Collegiate Shortstop

Vincej wins the award given by the Collegiate Baseball Hall of Fame

06/29/2012

Sever and Vincej Rack Up Prestigious American Baseball Coaches Association Postseason Honors

Sever and Vincej were an integral part of the Waves' run to the WCC title.

06/15/2012

Vincej Named a Top Three Finalist for the Brooks Wallace Award

The award winner will be named on June 30 as part of College Baseball's Night of Champions.

05/27/2012

Pepperdine vs. USD (May 27, 2012)

Waves win 2012 WCC Title May 27, 2012 Pepperdine 5, USD 1 Malibu, Calif. Photos by Jeff Golden and Stephen Wandzura

03/16/2012

Pepperdine Waves vs. UC Irvine at Dodger Stadium

Pepperdine Waves vs. UC Irvine Anteaters in Dodgertown Classic Dodger Stadium Photos by Jacqueline & Stephen Wandzura

02/17/2012

Pepperdine Baseball vs. Oklahoma (2-17-12

Friday, Feb. 17 at Eddy D. Field Stadium Pepperdine vs. Oklahoma Photos by Stephen Wandzura

Zach Vincej Career StatsGet Acrobat Reader

CAREER HIGHS: Hits: 3 (11x), Last: 5/12/12 vs. BYU; Runs: 2 (6x), Last: 3/25/11 vs. Dayton; HR: 1, (3x), last 4/22/12 vs. Santa Clara; RBI: 3, 4/18/10 vs. Gonzaga; SB: 1 (3x), Last: 5/29/10 vs. San Francisco; Hitting Streak: 14g, 4/22/12 - 6/1/12.

2012/JUNIOR: Vincej was the 2012 recipient of the Brooks Wallace Award, given to the nation's top collegiate shortstop by the Collegiate Baseball Hall of Fame ... Was named the WCC Defensive Player of the Year and All-WCC first teamer ... CollegeBaseballInsider.com All-American honorable mention, ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove award, ABCA/Rawlings All-West Region second team ... Appeared in all 59 games at shortstop for the Waves ... The only other player to appear in all games was his double-play mate, second baseman Joe Sever ... Batted .339, collected 23 RBI from his leadoff position ... He also tallied a team-high 18 doubles, tied for first in the WCC ... His 82 hits were third best in the conference and second best on the Waves ... Hit his first home run since his freshman season on March 11 vs. Rhode Island, finishing that game with a team-high two RBI ... Also had two RBI against Santa Clara (4/22) when he hit his second home run of the season ... Was nails on defense, boasting a fielding percentage of .986 and only making four errors in 203 attempts ... Finished the year with 11 stolen bases ... Drafted in the 37th round, 1132nd pick overall in the 2012 MLB First Year Players' Draft by the Cincinnati Reds.

2011/SUMMER: Playing for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks of the Cape Cod League.

2011/SOPHOMORE: Appeared in 53 of Pepperdine's 56 games, starting 52 at shortstop, and hit .194 with 18 runs, eight doubles, a triple and 21 RBI that ranked third on the team ... Batted .302 (13-43) with runners in scoring position and .375 (3-8) with the bases loaded ... Stole six bases in as many tries ... Swiped second base five times and third base on one occasion ... Tied for first in the West Coast Conference with 14 hit by pitches and tied for fourth with four sacrifice flies ... Helped turn 52 of the team's WCC-leading 71 double plays, and ranked second to teammate Joe Sever with 192 assists ... Completed six of those twin killings during weekend series vs. Gonzaga (5/20-22) ... Tied a pair of career highs during the month of March, ripping three hits at East Carolina (3/5) and scoring two runs in 9-1 win over Dayton (3/25) ... Recorded a total of seven multi-hit games and drove in a season high two RBI during games vs. ECU (3/5, G1), USC (4/12), San Diego (4/16) and Saint Mary's (5/26) ... Batted .417 (5-12) vs. Pirates with two RBI and at the Toreros went 4-12 (.333) with three runs driven in.

2010/FALL: Drove in the series-winning runs during the one-inning tiebreaker (11/14) after the series ended in a 2-2-1 deadlock ... Slapped a two-run single off Brian McIlhenny and later stole third base ... Batted .250 (4-16) in the series with two runs and three RBI ... Drew two walks, was hit by a pitch and dropped down two sacrifice hits ... Reached base four times in game one's (11/6) 5-5 tie and scored the game-tying run from third base on an error by the Orange Team's shortstop ... Was gunned down at home in the third inning as part of a 9-2 double play.

2010/SUMMER: Played and started all 55 games for the Anchorage Bucs of the Alaska Baseball League ... Hit .247 with a team-leading 12 doubles plus a triple and home run ... Drove in 25 runs and stole 15 bases in 17 attempts ... Also scored a team-best 24 runs and was hit by nine pitches ... Hit .310 (26-for-84) with runners on base and had success advancing runners 50 percent of the time.

2010/FRESHMAN: WCC Honorable Mention and member of the WCC All-Freshman Team ... Batted .292 through 33 games with a home runs, six doubles and 11 RBI during his first year as a Wave ... Scored 17 runs, dropped down five sacrifice hits and stole three bases in five attempts ... Hit .323 (10-for-31) with runners in scoring position ... Missed the first month of the season due to injury and eventually made his collegiate debut at shortstop during the Stony Brook series (3/26-28) ... With second baseman Joe Sever, helped turn the second triple play in Pepperdine history and its first since 1985 during a 9-8 loss at Cal Poly on May 18 ... With runners at first and second, caught a line drive off the bat of Bobby Crocker and flipped the ball over to Sever covering second base ... Recorded 10-multi hit games, including a pair of three-hit outings during a three-game series at Gonzaga (4/17-18) ... Batted .583 (7-for-12) vs. the Bulldogs with two doubles, a run, and a career-high three RBI in the series finale (4/18) ... Registered a career-best seven-game hitting streak from 5/15 to 5/25 against Loyola Marymount (5/15-16), Cal Poly (5/18), San Diego (5/21-23) and Long Beach State (5/25) ... Batted .345 (10-for-29) during this stretch with six runs, three doubles and an RBI ... Finished USD series with a .333 average and helped the defense turn five of seven double plays ... Blasted his first and only home run of the year during a home loss to Cal State Fullerton (5/12).

2009/FALL: Led Orange with a .500 batting average, recording four hits in eight at-bats during the three-game Blue and Orange World Series ... Scored two runs, ripped a double, and provided a team-high four RBI ... Three of those RBI came home on a bases-loaded double in an 11-run eighth inning during game one (11/12) ... Recorded an RBI single as part of a 1-for-2 day at the plate in game two (11/14) ... Went 2-for-3 with a run scored in game three (11/15) ... Played errorless ball through six chances around the infield.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated in 2009 from Saugus High School where he was a four-year varsity letterwinner for head coach John Maggiora and teammate of Pepperdine sophomore Tyler Brubaker ... Batted .428 during the course of his high school career, racking up 123 hits, seven home runs and 74 RBI ... Three-time team MVP and Defensive Player of the Year ... Named to the All-Foothill League First Team on three occasions ... Named to the All-CIF First Team following a junior campaign in which he batted .447 with 30 runs scored, eight extra-base hits and 15 RBI .. Made the all-state second team as a sophomore after producing the school's highest single season batting average at .542 ... Collected 39 hits in his second year, scored 24 runs and produced 26 RBI ... 10 of his 39 hits went for extra bases ... Hit .355 as a rookie and was tabbed to the all-league second team ... Helped lead school to the playoffs in 2006, 2008 and 2009 ... Honor Roll student ... Received Honor Scholar Award each year from 2005 to 2009 ... Named school's Mr. Centurion.

CLUB/YOUTH NATIONAL: Played for the SoCal Panthers from 2006 to 2008 and qualified for the 2007 Junior Olympics with Team USA (U-16) ... Won a gold medal after hitting .583 with six RBI.

PERSONAL: Given name is Zachary Laine Vincej ... Born in San Diego and raised in Saugus, Calif. ... Economics major ... Son of Terrence and Cynthia Vincej ... Brother to Jenna and Travis ... Chose to attend Pepperdine for its academics and athletics.

FAVORITES: Dustin Pedroia (pro baseball player) ... San Diego Padres (pro baseball team) ... The Last Best League (book) ... Miracle and Forrest Gump (movies) ... SportsCenter and Seinfeld (TV Shows) ... AC/DC and Linkin Park (musical artists) ... Mexican (food) ... Football (sport other than baseball) ... Lists Cal Ripken Jr. as his biggest sports hero ... Hobbies include surfing and watching sports.

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