Wednesday, 01 July 2015 23:21

Perfect Game USA Tabs Berg and Kaprielian as All-Americans

Written by  UCLA Official Press Release

Berg D 350LOS ANGELES – UCLA pitchers David Berg and James Kaprielian have been named Perfect Game USA All-Americans, it was announced by the organization today. Berg was named to the first team while Kaprielian earned third team honors.

 

Also an ABCA/Rawlings, Louisville Slugger, NCBWA and D1Baseball 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 (2nd 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 seventh 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 16th overall by the New York Yankees in the 2015 MLB Draft. A two-time first team All-Pac-12 honoree, Kaprielian went 10-4 with a 2.03 ERA in 17 appearances (16 starts) in 2015. The ABCA/Rawlings first team All-American led the conference in wins and strikeouts (114), while ranking third in ERA. Kaprielian 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 was the first in UCLA recorded history and marked the third double-digit strikeout performance of the season for the 6-4, 200-pound pitcher. For his effort, 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.

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