Six Cal Baseball Players Named to Pac-10 All-Academic Team
June 4, 2008
WALNUT CREEK, CALIF. - The University of California baseball program had six players - Michael Capbarat, Rich Gorman, Charlie Cutler, Brett Jackson, Alex Rollin and Josh Satin - selected to the 2007 Pac-10 All-Academic Team, it was announced by Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen. To be eligible for selection, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and be either a starter or significant contributor.
The Golden Bears' first-team Pac-10 All-Academic pick was junior outfielder Capbarat (3.68 GPA in English). Capbarat, earlier named the recipient of the Pac-10 Sportsmanship Award, has now been named first-team Pac-10 All-Academic for the second year in a row. Cal's second-team Pac-10 All-Academic honoree was sophomore designated hitter Gorman (3.26 GPA in American Studies), while junior outfielder/catcher Cutler was on the Pac-10 honorable mention All-Academic list for the second season in a row. Also named honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic was sophomore center fielder Jackson, senior right-hander Rollin and senior second baseman Satin.
Capbarat had a .188 average for the Bears this spring with two home runs and 18 RBI. He played in 26 games and had seven starts in the outfield. He hit a two-run homer versus Washington on Apr. 20 and went 2-for-5 with two spectacular catches against Cal Poly on Apr. 22. Gorman batted .268 with eight doubles, four home runs and 20 RBI this season, starting 42 games as Cal's designated hitter. He also hit a team-best .383 (18-for-47) with runners in scoring position.
Cutler, Jackson, Rollin and Satin were all key players in Cal's run to postseason as well. Cutler, who was honorable mention All-Pac-10, started the last 40 games in the outfield after beginning the year behind the plate. He hit .321 with six doubles, two home runs and 17 RBI. Cutler had the game-winning RBI in the 10th inning May 9 at Stanford, and had a 5-for-5 game versus UC Davis on May 6.
Jackson, another honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection, hit .307 with seven doubles, four triples, four home runs and 40 RBI. He led the Bears with 12 stolen bases and hit a grand slam versus Arizona on May 2. Senior hurler Rollin went 4-2 with a 5.28 ERA in his final season, making 15 appearances with 11 starts. He concluded his Cal career with 12 wins in 45 appearances.
Satin was one of the Pac-10's top hitters all season long, finishing with a .379 average with 11 doubles, a triple, 18 home runs and 52 RBI. He started the season hitting safely in the first 22 games and established a new school record with a 27-game hitting streak carrying over from last season. Satin was recently selected a third-team All-American in Collegiate Baseball and was first-team All-Pac-10.
Cal ended the 2008 campaign 33-21-2 overall and 12-12 in the Pac-10 - good for fourth place in the conference standings. The Bears qualified for postseason play for the first time since 2001, traveling to the Long Beach Regional last weekend were they fell to the University of San Diego (5-0) and Long Beach State (9-2).