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Gonzaga first baseman Jake Vieth earns program’s first honor on Gold Glove Team

Gonzaga first baseman Jake Vieth  lays a tag on diving Santa Clara baserunner Evan Haberle during a May 18 home game. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga first baseman Jake Vieth lays a tag on diving Santa Clara baserunner Evan Haberle during a May 18 home game. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
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Gonzaga senior first baseman Jake Vieth has been named to the ABCA/Rawlings Division I Gold Glove Team, the American Baseball Coaches Association announced Wednesday.

Vieth is the first in Bulldogs history to earn the Gold Glove since the award’s inception in 2007.

Vieth started 56 games for the Bulldogs, registering 414 putouts, 36 assists and no errors. His 414 putouts led the West Coast Conference.

Vieth was one of Gonzaga’s top offensive threats, hitting .302 with 61 hits, 36 runs batted in, 35 runs and a .505 slugging percentage. The Tacoma native also led the team in home runs with 10, including two during Gonzaga’s 17-2 rout over top-seeded Pepperdine in the WCC Tournament Championship in May.

Vieth also had team highs of 36 walks and a .429 on-base percentage.

GU signee Josh Bristyan of Paradise Valley (Arizona) Community College was also honored as he was named to the NJCAA Division II Gold Glove Team for a second consecutive season. Bristyan, a shortstop, led the NJCAA with 178 assists and posted 112 putouts, finishing with a .976 fielding percentage in 59 games.

The awards are selected by ABCA coaches committees.

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