Hairston, LeBlanc Named Finalists for Wallace Award

LUBBOCK, Texas – Louisville’s Devin Hairston and Pitt’s Charles LeBlanc are two of the three finalists for the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award, presented by the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

Hairston helped lead the Cardinals to the NCAA Super Regional round as one of Louisville's top bats. He hit .361 on the year with three home runs and 45 RBIs, which was third on the team. He also posted a .478 slugging percentage and a .415 on-base percentage, earning All-Atlantic Coast Conference third-team honors. In addition, he has been chosen to compete for a roster spot with the 2016 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.

LeBlanc powered the Panthers to one of their most successful seasons since joining the Atlantic Coast Conference. Drafted in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Texas Rangers, the junior hit a team-leading .405 with two home runs and 46 RBIs. He finished with a .513 slugging percentage and .494 on-base percentage.

The Night of Champions event also features the announcement of the winners of the National Pitcher of the Year Award, the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award and the Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year Award, as well as the 2016 National College Baseball Hall of Fame inductions. The winners of the Johnny Bench Award and the Dick Howser Trophy will be recognized as well. 

For more information on the Brooks Wallace Award or the College Baseball Hall of Fame's Night of Champions, visit www.collegebaseballhall.org.