HARRISONBURG, Va., June 10, 2011 - James Madison senior shortstop David Herbek (Haymarket, Va./Battlefield) was part of the narrowed-down list of 10 candidates for the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award as announced Friday by the College Baseball Foundation.
Herbek was previously part of the initial 25 candidates for the award at the midpoint of the season. The winner of the Brooks Wallace Award, presented by Mizuno, will be announced in Lubbock, Texas, on July 3 as part of the College Baseball Hall of Fame's Night of Champions.
Drafted Tuesday in the 15th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Chicago White Sox, Herbek was selected as a Second Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball newspaper. He was named with Lowery to the 36-player watch list for the Dick Howser Trophy awarded to the nation's best player. He was also among 25 semifinalists for the Brooks Wallace Award for the nation's best shortstop.
In his senior season, Herbek led JMU with a .362 batting average. He posted 83 hits, including 20 doubles and 15 home runs. He scored 56 runs and drove in 76 while posting a .672 slugging percentage and .443 on-base percentage. His RBI total is second in JMU history behind only the 91 posted by Lowery this season and ranked sixth in the nation heading into the NCAA super regional round. He also ranks eighth for season doubles, seventh for season total bases (154), fourth for hit by pitches (17), first for season sacrifice flies (10) and 10th for assists (158).
For his four-year career, Herbek started 191 games and hit .341 with a .589 slugging percentage and a .952 fielding percentage, all at shortstop. He holds the JMU career records for hit by pitches (55, also CAA record) and sacrifice flies (25). He also ranks seventh in career at bats (745), sixth in games played (210), 10th in hits (254), sixth in runs (189), fourth in RBIs (195), second in doubles (62), sixth in home runs (35), fourth in total bases (439) and sixth in assists (506).
Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Watch List
Name / School / Conference
Adam Bryant / Troy / Sun Belt
Anthony Gomez / Vanderbilt / SEC
Brad Miller / Clemson / ACC
Brandon Loy / Texas / Big 12
David Herbek / James Madison / Colonial
Jacob Esch / Georgia Tech / ACC
Joe Panik / St Johns / Big East
Nolan Fontana / Florida / SEC
Sam Roberts / VMI / Big South
Sean Jamieson / Canisius / Metro-Atlantic