Four players named Baseball America All-Americans
By the Pac-12 Conference
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Four Pac-12 pitchers have been named to Baseball America's 2013 All-America team, Baseball America announced Wednesday. Oregon State freshman right-handed pitcher Andrew Moore and UCLA sophomore right-handed pitcher David Berg are first team selections, while Stanford senior right-hander Mark Appel landed on the second team and Oregon State senior left-handed pitcher Matt Boyd was named to the third team. All four are All-Pac-12 honorees.
Moore, the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, is tied for the national lead with 14 wins this season, and his 1.36 ERA ranks second in the Conference. He boasts a league-best .194 opposing batting average and has tossed three complete-game shutouts, the most by an OSU pitcher in a season in more than a decade. Moore, who was also named an All-American by Collegiate Baseball newspaper, has allowed just 18 earned runs in 119.0 innings of work.
Berg, the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year, owns a league-best 0.88 ERA (ranks second in the NCAA). He is 7-0 in 46 appearances and has collected a school-record 21 saves, while boasting a .194 opposing batting average. He pitched an NCAA-high 37.0 consecutive scoreless innings over 24 appearances in the second half of the season and is a finalist for the 2013 Stopper of the Year Award. The Bruins' all-time leader in career saves (22), Berg also earned All-America honors from the NCBWA and Collegiate Baseball magazine.
Appel, the Cardinal's all-time strikeout leader tallied 130 strikeouts this season to rank fifth in the NCAA. He owns the Conference's fourth-lowest ERA (2.12) and tossed four complete games. A 2012 Baseball America second-teamer, Appel also garnered All-America accolades from the NCBWA and Collegiate Baseball magazine in 2013. The Howser Trophy finalist was the first player selected in last week's MLB Draft.
Boyd, the Beavers' Friday night starter, is 10-3 and owns a 2.13 ERA. He has thrown three complete games and has notched a team-high 110 strikeouts against 30 walks. The southpaw, who boasts a .198 opposing batting average, has pitched a team-high 122.2 innings. He earned his eighth career save in a 4-3 victory over Kansas State on Monday that sent OSU to its fifth College World series.
To view a complete list of 2013 Baseball America All Americans, visit www.baseballamerica.com.