Delta State University first baseman Zack Shannon has received a lot of honors.
This month along, the junior slugger from Cincinnati, Ohio was named Gulf South Conference Player of the Year and was named the Most Outstanding Player in the GSC Tournament — a tournament that DSU won for the 14th time in school history.
Shannon's work now has him in line to win the most prestigious award in Mississippi. On Monday, it was announced that Shannon is one of the five finalists for the C Spire Ferriss Trophy. The Ferriss Trophy is named after the late Dave “Boo” Ferriss. The Ferriss Trophy is given to the top player in Mississippi at four-year institution. The trophy is named after Dave “Boo” Ferriss was a Shaw native pitched for the Boston Red Sox and is known as the architect of the DSU baseball program where he was a head coach for 26 years and won 639 games. He is also the first baseball player to go to Mississippi State University on a full scholarship and is in the MSU Sports Hall of Fame, DSU Sports Hall of Fame, Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame and Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.
Shannon's numbers this year have already given him one of the best seasons in DSU history as he is currently hitting .451 with 18 home runs, 84 RBIs and 60 runs scored. He's played well in the field as he has committed just six errors in 467 chances for a .987 fielding percentage and has pitched well in five relief appearances on the mound by recording a 1.50 ERA with a save.
Shannon is on pace to break DSU's single season record for batting average in a season. The record is .444 set by Dee Haynes in 1999. He also has a chance to break the RBI record of 92 also set by Haynes in 1999.
Delta State head baseball coach Mike Kinnison is proud of what Shannon has accomplished.
“Just to be named as a finalist is a great honor,” Kinnison said. “He's had a great year for us. Certainly, we wouldn't be where we are without him having the year he’s had. It’s a great honor for him and a great honor for the program, particularly for an award named after Coach Ferriss. We’re really proud to have a representative in it.”
The other finalists are Mississippi State outfielder Brent Rooker (.400 avg., 20 HR, 68 RBIs, 47 runs, .997 fielding pct.), Southern Miss first baseman Dylan Burdeaux (.352 avg., 9 HR, 60 RBIs, 86 hits, 54 runs, .994 fielding pct.), Southern Miss outfielder Matt Wallner (.330 avg., 15 HR, 49 RBIs, 61 hits, 42 runs, .990 fielding pct.) and Southern Miss pitcher Taylor Braley (5-2, 3.48 ERA).
The winner of the Ferriss Trophy will be announced on Monday at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.
Shannon will try to keep his good play going, as he and the rest of the Statesmen will compete in the NCAA Division II South Region Baseball Tournament this weekend. DSU will play Friday at 3 p.m. against the winner of the Florida Southern-Valdosta State game. The tournament will end on Monday with the winner going to the NCAA Division II World Series in Grand Prairie, Texas.