UCLA's Berg and Deeter collect national honors in Omaha
By the Pac-12 Conference
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — UCLA sophomore right-handed pitcher David Berg is the 2013 recipient of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association's Stopper of the Year Award, the NCBWA announced Saturday at TD Ameritrade Stadium in Omaha, Neb. prior to the start of the College World Series. He is the first Pac-12 Player to win the award, which was established in 2005.
Berg, the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year, owns a league-best 0.88 ERA (ranks second in the NCAA). The Covina, Calif. product is 7-0 in 46 appearances and has collected a school-record 21 saves, while boasting a .194 opposing batting average. His 21 saves are tied for the second-most in the nation. He pitched an NCAA-high 37.0 consecutive scoreless innings over 24 appearances in the second half of the season and is a semifinalist for the coveted Golden Spikes Award. The Bruins' all-time leader in career saves (22), Berg earned All-America honors from the NCBWA, Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball magazine.
More than 90 of the nation's top collegiate relief pitchers were included in the selection process for this year's NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award, beginning with initial preseason nominations by baseball contacts at NCAA Division I schools. OREGON closer Jimmie Sherfy joined Berg as one of five finalists for the award.
Nominations for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award were made by baseball sports information/media relations contacts. The NCBWA's All-America Committee will select the winner, with this year's recipient to be announced during the 2013 College World Series.
Additionally, UCLA junior right-handed pitcher Ryan Deeter is the recipient of the Elite 89 Award for the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Baseball Championship, the NCAA announced Friday during the College World Series Opening Ceremonies in Omaha.
The Elite 89, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's 89 championships.
Deeter, a junior right-handed pitcher, maintains a 3.92 GPA in mathematics and economics. The Newark, Calif. native has made 21 relief appearances for the Bruins this season. He owns a 2-0 record and has struck out 10 batters in 17.0 innings of work.