Friday, 29 May 2015 12:51

Berg, Kaprielian and Kramer Named Louisville Slugger All-Americans

Written by  UCLA Official Press Release

Berg D 350LOS ANGELES – UCLA pitchers David Berg and James Kaprielian, along with shortstop Kevin Kramer, were named Louisville Slugger All-Americans today by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. Berg was named to the first team, Kaprielian to the second team and Kramer to the third team.

David Berg represents the only Pac-12 player on the first team. The Bruins’ three All-Americans are a conference-high, with Arizona coming in at two and Oregon State with one.

This season, David Berg became the fourth UCLA pitcher, and third in the last five seasons, to be named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year. A semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, Berg is 7-1 with a 0.73 ERA (3rd in the nation) this season. Over 40 appearances, Berg has recorded 56 strikeouts and seven walks in 61.2 innings, posting the nation’s ninth best strikeout-to-walk ratio (8/1). In Pac-12 play, Berg has allowed just one earned run, posting a 5-0 record with 0.22 ERA and eight saves in 22 appearances. The Covina, Calif. native currently holds the NCAA record for career appearances at 172 and is just five saves away from tying the NCAA record for career saves. Berg has pitched a career-high six innings twice this season and threw one perfect inning on May 15 to pair with Kaprielian for the program’s first ever no-hitter. The Bishop Amat High School alum has 12 saves this season, ranking third best in the Pac-12. Berg has been named to the All-Pac-12 first team in all four seasons in Westwood, joining Cal’s Lance Blankenship (1983-1986) and Oregon State’s Pete Rowe (1974-1977) as the only players to achieve that feat. 

After missing all of last season due to injury, redshirt junior Kevin Kramer has started all 56 games at shortstop this season, earning his first All-Pac-12 honor. Kramer ranks fourth in the conference in hits, runs and on-base percentage, posting a career-high .328 average. The Turlock, Calif. native has 21 extra-base hits, including six homeruns (2nd on the team), and has scored a team-high 49 runs. A semifinalist for the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award, Kramer has a team-high 142 assists and has been a part of 25 double-plays. The 2013 honorable mention All-Pac-12 honoree has set or tied single game career-highs in at-bats, runs, hits, RBI, doubles, triples, homeruns and stolen bases this season.

A 2014 and 2015 All-Pac-12 honoree, James Kaprielian has gone 9-4 with a 1.94 ERA in 15 starts this season to earn All-Pac-12 for the second time. Kaprielian leads the conference in wins and strikeouts, while ranking third in ERA. The Tustin, Calif. native has racked up 107 strikeouts over a team-high 97.2 innings; the second year in-a-row Kaprielian has topped the century mark. On May 15, Kaprielian threw nine no-hit innings, striking out a season-high 11, to combine with Berg for a 10-inning no-hitter. The no-hitter is the first in UCLA history and marked the third double-digit strikeout performance of the season for the Beckman High School alum. For his performance, Kaprielian was awarded with his second career Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week award; his first coming in 2014. Kaprielian has been even better in Pac-12 play, lowering his ERA to 1.64 in 10 conference starts.

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