N.C. State's Trea Turner Wins Brooks Wallace Award

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State baseball's Trea Turner captured the National College Baseball Hall of Fame's award, which recognizes the nation's top shortstop.

Trea Turner captured the Brooks Wallace Award, announced Friday by the National College Baseball Hall of Fame and designated for the top shortstop in the nation, becoming the first player in Wolfpack baseball history to win the honor.

"Trea is a phenomenal competitor, and an outstanding leader," said NC State head coach Elliott Avent. "He's deserving of this honor not only for this year, but also for the way he has competed throughout his three-year career. I'm thankful for the Hall of Fame's consideration of Trea and our program."

Turner outlasted finalists Vince Conde of Vanderbilt and Blake Trahan of Louisiana-Lafayette to claim the award. The junior finished as a Brooks Wallace Award finalist in 2013.

The award, sponsored by Mizuno, is named for Brooks Wallace, a Texas Tech shortstop from 1977-80 who died at age 27 after a battle with leukemia.

"Trea embodies the meaning of the Brooks Wallace Award, from his ability to deliver results on the field to his commitment and camaraderie to the team around him," said Steve Mikolajczak, team sports division brand manager, Mizuno USA. "We congratulate Trea on his selection as the 2014 Brooks Wallace Award recipient, and expect to see even more greatness from him in professional baseball."

A Lake Worth, Fla. native, Turner set school records for 57 stolen bases during his freshman year, and 117 swiped bags in three seasons for the career mark. He boasted a .321 batting average, eight home runs, 36 RBIs, and 26 stolen bases in 2014. Turner was drafted 13th overall by the San Diego Padres in the First-Year Player Draft.

Turner finished his career fourth all-time in ACC history for career stolen bases. He owns a share of the ACC single-game record with five, set during his freshman year against Clemson. His single-season mark of 57 stolen bases ranks second all-time in ACC history.

For his career, Turner hit .342 and finished sixth all-time in NC State history with 203 runs.

Turner will be recognized on Saturday, June 28 in Lubbock, Texas at the National Collegiate Baseball Hall of Fame's annual Night of Champions.


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