LUBBOCK, Texas – As regular season play comes to an end this week, junior J.J. Altobelli was named one of 25 players for the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award, it was announced by the College Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday.
The award recognizes the nation’s top shortstop and will be presented June 30 in Lubbock, Texas, as part of the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions.
The Newport Beach, Calif., native is batting .269 in 2012, and is the leader of a UO defense that ranks eighth in the country and tops the Pac-12 with a .979 fielding percentage. In addition, the Ducks have turned 49 double plays this year, which ties for third in the conference.
Altobelli missed 14 starts this season with a shoulder injury, but since his return to the lineup on May 12, the Ducks are an undefeated 6-0 while he is batting .316 with three runs scored during that time.
After playing his first two seasons at third base for Oregon, Altobelli made the move to shortstop as a junior. This season he has totaled 46 hits, 24 runs scored, 12 RBIs, 10 doubles, one triple and five stolen bases. In addition, he has recorded 15 multiple-hit games, and has reached base in 16 consecutive games entering this week.
The SEC and Pac-12 both have five representatives on the list. The ACC, Big 10 and Ohio Valley, each with two, are the only other conferences with multiple representatives.
Fifth-ranked Oregon returns to the field at 6 p.m., Wednesday to host Portland at PK Park in UO’s final regular season game in Eugene.
The Ducks, currently first in the Pac-12 standings with a one-game lead over Arizona, travel to No. 23 Oregon State for a three-game Pac-12 series at Goss Stadium beginning on Friday.