Friday, 12 June 2015 14:39

Postseason Accolades Continue to Roll In for UCLA Baseball Players

Written by  UCLA Official Press Release

Jackie Robinson StadiumLOS ANGELES – This week, several UCLA Baseball players earned a number of postseason accolades, adding to their already impressive haul in 2015.

Senior David Berg leads the group, earning first team NCBWA and D1Baseball All-American, second team Baseball America All-American and first team ABCA/Rawlings All-Region honors. Junior James Kaprielian also earned multiple accolades, earning second team D1Baseball All-American, third team Baseball America All-American and first team ABCA/Rawlings All-Region honors.

Shortstop Kevin Kramer earned a pair of honors as well, being named a second team Baseball America All-American and second team ABCA/Rawlings All-Region selection. Freshman right-hander Griffin Canning was also honored as a second team NCBWA Freshman All-American. 

Also a Louisville Slugger first team All-American, 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 sixth round selection of the Chicago Cubs in the 2015 MLB Draft, 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.

The NCBWA District IX Player of the Year, 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.

Kaprielian became the Bruins’ 19th first round selection and fifth under Head Coach John Savage when he was selected 16thoverall by the New York Yankees in the 2015 MLB Draft. A 2014 and 2015 All-Pac-12 honoree, Kaprielian went 10-4 with a 2.03 ERA in 17 appearances (16 starts) in 2015. Kaprielian led the conference in wins and strikeouts (114), while ranking third in ERA. The Beckman High alum finishes his three years in Westwood fifth in career ERA (2.06) and sixth in career strikeouts (275) in UCLA history.

On May 15 of this year, Kaprielian threw nine no-hit innings, striking out a season-high 11 batters, to combine with David 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 6-4, 200-pound pitcher. For his performance, Kaprielian was awarded with his second career Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week award and first National Player of the Week awards from the NCBWA and Collegiate Baseball.

The 62nd overall selected in the 2015 MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, Kramer started all 61 games at shortstop this season, earning his first All-Pac-12 first team honor. Kramer finished the season ranked second in runs (55) and fourth in hits (82) in the conference, while posting a career-high .323 average. The Turlock, Calif. native racked up 23 extra-base hits, including a team-high tying seven home runs.

A semifinalist for the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award, Kramer had a team-high 159 assists and helped spur 28 double-plays. The 2013 honorable mention All-Pac-12 honoree set or tied single game career-highs in at-bats, runs, hits, RBI, doubles, triples, homeruns and stolen bases this season. Kramer finishes his UCLA career with a .297 batting average to go with 114 runs and 89 RBI.

Canning, who posted a 7-1 record with a 2.97 ERA in 15 appearances (11 starts) this season, racked up 66 strikeouts with just six walks in 63.2 innings. Earning honorable mention All-Pac-12, Canning posted the nation’s second best strikeout-to-walk ratio at 11/1.

During his rookie campaign, Canning retired 10 or more consecutive batters in six different games, including a three-game span (3/10, 3/14, 3/22) where he retired 28 in-a-row. The Santa Margarita High School alum’s best start this season came on March 10 when he allowed just two hits over six scoreless innings while striking out a career-high nine batters in a victory at Pepperdine.


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