Maris Added to Brooks Wallace Award Watch List

Peter Maris
Photo by Tony Mastres
Peter Maris Photo by Tony Mastres

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara junior shortstop Peter Maris has been named to the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List, the College Baseball Foundation announced over the weekend.

One of just 35 players nationwide included on the list, the Brooks Wallace Award is handed out anually to the nation's top shortstop. Just two other Big West shortstops – Cal Poly's Peter Van Gansen and Long Beach State's Garrett Hampson – made the cut.

In 37 games this season, Maris has accrued a .268 batting average and .358 on-base percentage. He is tied for the conference lead with 15 stolen bases, and ranks second on the Gauchos in RBIs with 24. He has also drawn 16 walks on the year, second best on the team. A steady glove has led to a .954 fielding percentage this year, tops among the team's middle infielders.

Arguably his best offensive performance of the season came on Feb. 25 at UCLA, as the Laguna Niguel, Calif. native went 2-5 with a three-run home run as part of a 6-4 win over the defending College World Series champions.

Maris is the third UCSB player this season to be named to a national watch list. Senior outfielder Joey Epperson was added to the mid-season Golden Spikes Award Watch List earlier this month, while closer Dillon Tate was named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List just last week.

Peter and the rest of the Gauchos will finish the back end of their home-and-home series against UCLA with a 3:00 p.m. matchup on Tuesday afternoon before traveling to UC Irvine this weekend for a three-game set against the Anteaters. Friday night's opener will be televised by ESPN3.