Wednesday, 03 June 2015 20:06

David Berg Named Finalist for NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award

Written by  Official UCLA Press Release

Berg D 350LOS ANGELES – UCLA senior closer David Berg has been named one of five finalists for the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year award, it was announced by the NCBWA today. Berg won the award in 2013, becoming UCLA’s first ever recipient.

Earning Louisville Slugger first team All-American honors, Berg became the fourth UCLA pitcher, and third in the last five seasons, to be named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year this season. A semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, Berg went 7-1 with a 0.68 ERA (3rd in the nation) and 13 saves over 43 appearances (1st in the nation). The Covina, Calif. native recorded 65 strikeouts and eight walks in 66.2 innings, posting the nation’s eighth best strikeout-to-walk ratio (8.13/1). In Pac-12 play, Berg allowed just one earned run, posting a 5-0 record with 0.22 ERA and eight saves in 22 appearances.

Leading the Bruins to the final of the Los Angeles Regional, Berg threw five scoreless innings over three appearances in postseason play. The right-hander struck out a team-high nine batters, earning one save.

Berg set the new NCAA record for career appearances at 175 and finished just four saves away from tying the NCAA record for career saves. Berg pitched a career-high six innings twice this season and threw one perfect inning on May 15 to pair with James Kaprielian for the program’s first ever no-hitter. The Bishop Amat High School alum was 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.

NCBWA Stopper of the Year Finalists

David Berg, UCLA

Tyler Jay, Illinois

Brandon Koch, Dallas Baptist

Ryan Meisinger, Radford

Bryan Young, Missouri State

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