Baron, Canales and Francisco Earn All-Pac-10 Honors
May 22, 2001
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Three Bruins were selected to the baseball All-Pac-10 team, while three earned honorable mention honors, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced yesterday. Brian Baron, Josh Canales and Ben Francisco were named to the All-Pac-10 squad, while Josh Karp, Matt Pearl and Eric Reece earned honorable mention nods.
Baron (Newhall, CA/Hart HS) broke the school record for single season batting average when he finished the season with a .443 average. The previous mark was set by Don Slaught in 1979 with a .428 mark. Baron is a semifinalist for the Rotary Smith Award and the Dick Howser Trophy, two national player of the year awards. He finished the season with 105 hits in 56 games, securing fourth place on the single season list.
Canales (Carson, CA/Carson HS) had an incredible season, finishing with a .376 batting average. The second basemen hit .421 in Pac-10 play, and finished the season on a 24 game hitting streak. He hit safely in 39 of his last 40 games. He led the team in sacrifice hits, and tied for the lead in stolen bases. His .376 average was eighth in the Pac-10.
Francisco (Anaheim, CA/Servite HS/Cypress JC) had a solid season in his first year in Westwood. The sophomore transfer was second in the conference with 20 doubles, and tied with Canales for the team lead in stolen bases with 15. He finished the season with a .309 batting average, but hit .350 in conference play.
Karp (Bothell, WA/Bothell HS) led the team with a 5-2 record, and struck out 92 batters. He had a 3.26 ERA in 80.0 innings. Batters hit just .246 against the right handed pitcher.
Pearl (Bakersfield, CA/Garces Memorial HS) hit .317 with six home runs and 42 RBI. The senior center fielder led the conference in at-bats and total plate appearances, and was the only Bruin to start all 57 games. He scored 44 runs and hit 13 doubles.
Reece (El Dorado Hills, CA/Oak Ridge HS) led the team in home runs with 10, good for sixth in the conference. The senior first baseman was second on the team with 44 RBI, and finished the season with 14 doubles.