Trio named NCBWA All-Americans
By the Pac-12 Conference
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Three Pac-12 pitchers have been named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Division I All-America first team, the NCBWA announced Wednesday. Stanford senior right-handed pitcher Mark Appel, Oregon junior right-handed pitcher Jimmie Sherfy and UCLA sophomore right-handed pitcher David Berg represent the Conference on the first team. All three are All-Pac-12 honorees.
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 NCBWA first-teamer, Appel also garnered All-America accolades from Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball magazine in 2013. The Howser Trophy and Senior CLASS Award finalist was the first player selected in last week's MLB Draft.
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 Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball magazine.
Sherfy, who is tied for second in the NCAA with 21 saves, owns Oregon's top two single-season marks in the category--he had 19 saves in 2012. He boasts a 2.25 ERA in 38 appearances and has struck out 55 batters while walking 14. Sherfy, a second team NCBWA selection in 2012, was also named a second team All-American by Collegiate Baseball magazine this season. He was selected in the 10th round of last week's MLB Draft.
The recipient for the 27th Annual Dick Howser Trophy, as voted upon by NCBWA members and awarded since 1987, will be announced on Saturday, June 15, in Omaha at 10 a.m. CT at the TD Ameritrade Stadium Press Interview Room.
To view a complete list of 2013 NCBWA All Americans, visit www.sportswriters.net/ncbwa.