Costa Mesa, Calif. - Brandon Young, a senior from Saugus, California completed his collegiate baseball career this spring with the Vanguard University Lions, but his postseason honors continue to arrive. An outstanding student-athlete for three years at Vanguard, Young has received numerous honors, including a full slate of academic awards this spring as he graduated with his accounting degree earlier this month.
Young placed his name on the 2010 GSAC Golden Glove list as a junior outfielder before using a medical redshirt year in 2011, extending his collegiate career into 2012. Earning GSAC and NAIA Scholar-Athlete laurels in 2010, Young continued to excel in the classroom, accumulating a 3.81 GPA by this spring. At the end of the semester he was named VU's Accounting Student Of The Year, before registering GSAC and NAIA Scholar-Athlete laurels one final time. Young capped his career this week by being selected to CoSIDA's prestigious Capital One Academic All-America College Division Baseball Team. As one of only two GSAC players to make the first team, Young was one of four total GSAC players to make the first, second or third team.
Athletically, Young ended 2012 leading the Lions with a .381 batting average with a team-high 37 runs and five home runs. Young ripped 53 hits, including nine doubles and two triples, while being hit 15 times and taking a team-high 26 walks. He stole nine bases and drove in 30 runs as the only player on the team to start all 44 games this season. Helping lead the Lions to a 23-21 final record, Young finished his Vanguard career with 11 home runs, 72 RBI, 93 runs, 24 doubles, and batting average of .365. He tallied a career slugging percentage of .564, on base percentage of .481, and fielding percentage of .974 in 99 games played. Young was also a key player in VU's semifinal appearance at the 2010 NAIA Opening Round Tournament.
Use the links below for complete lists and more information on Young's postseason honors.