Zavala adds fourth All-America honor
EUGENE – Make it four All-America honors for Aaron Zavala. Perfect Game released its All-America teams on Friday with Zavala as a first-team selection.
Zavala is Oregon's second Perfect Game first-team All-America pick, joining David Peterson who earned the honor in 2017. In total, Zavala is just the third Oregon player recognized as an All-American by Perfect Game. Jimmie Sherfy claimed second-team honors in 2012.
Zavala, who has also been named the Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year, as well as an All-American by the NCBWA (first team), Baseball America (first team) and Collegiate Baseball (second team), ended the season batting .392 with nine home runs, 38 RBI and 64 runs scored, while boasting a .525 on-base percentage and a .626 slugging percentage. He led the Ducks in batting average, runs, hits (78), slugging percentage, walks (50) and stolen bases (11). He set school records for on-base percentage, runs scored and walks.
Nationally after the regular season ended, the Keizer, Ore., native ranked second in the nation in OBP (.001 behind the national leader), seventh in base on balls, ninth in base on balls per game (0.96) and 18th in batting average. He led the Pac-12 Conference in on-base percentage, walks and base on balls per game, while ranking second in batting average, sixth in hits per game and seventh in slugging percentage and hits.
He ended the season being named to the Eugene Regional All-Tournament Team batting .333 (6-for-18) with two home runs, four RBI and six runs scored.
Zavala is the second Oregon player to be named to four postseason All-America teams in a single season. Six organizations honored Peterson following the 2017 season. The American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and D1Baseball are yet to name their All-America teams, allowing Zavala to possibly match Peterson's haul.
All-Time Perfect Game All-Americans
2021 - Aaron Zavala (OF)
2017 – David Peterson (P)
2012 – Jimmie Sherfy (RP)
Zavala 2021 Honors and Awards
- Perfect Game First-Team All-America
- Baseball America First-Team All-America
- NCBWA First-Team All-America
- Collegiate Baseball Second-Team All-America
- NCBWA District 9 Player of the Year
- ABCA Division I First-Team West Region
- Golden Spikes Award Semifinalist
- Dick Howser Trophy Semifinalist
- Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year
- First-Team All-Pac-12 Conference