2011 Baseball Season In Review

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Despite falling to top-seeded Virginia, 8-1, in its third game of the College World Series, CALIFORNIA achieved its highest finish - tied for fifth - and won its first CWS game since 1980.  

The Golden Bears made their sixth appearance in the College World Series and first since 1992. The Pac-10 has sent a team to Omaha each year since 1997.

Head coach Dave Esquer was named National Coach of the Year by the National College Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA).

The Pac-10 has captured 26 national championships, the most of any conference.

ARIZONA, ARIZONA STATE, CALIFORNIA, OREGON STATE, STANFORD and UCLA all earned NCAA postseason bids. ASU, Cal, OSU and Stanford advanced to Super Regional play.

Sixty-nine Pac-10 players were selected in the 2011 Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft held June 6-8.

The Pac-10 had four players - all pitchers - drafted in the first round, including the No. 1 overall pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates, UCLA JR RHP Gerrit Cole. UCLA JR RHP Trevor Bauer (No. 3), STANFORD JR LHP Chris Reed (No. 16) and OREGON JR LHP Tyler Anderson (No. 20) also went in the first round.

Trevor Bauer was named Baseball America's College Player of the Year, the Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year, the College Baseball Foundation's National Pitcher of the Year and the NCBWA District IX Player of the Year. Bauer is a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award. The winner will be announced July 15.

With 203 strikeouts, Bauer led the nation for the second-straight year. He also set the Pac-10 single-season record, eclipsing the 202 strikeouts set by USC's Mark Prior in 2001.

Bauer and Oregon State JR RHP Sam Gaviglio were named NCBWA All-Americans.

Bauer, Gaviglio and Arizona State SO DH Joey DeMichele earned All-America honors from Baseball America.

Anderson, Bauer, Gaviglio and Arizona SO RHP Kurt Heyer were named Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball All-Americans.

Arizona hit .320 as a team to lead the Pac-10 and rank third in the NCAA this season. 

DeMichele earned the conference batting crown with his .368 average.


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