Schwartz, Mullen Receive All-Region Honors
LOS ANGELES – UCLA juniors JT Schwartz and Sean Mullen have both been named to the 2021 NCAA Division I West All-Region Second Team, it was announced by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) on Wednesday.
Schwartz was the lone first baseman on the Second Team, while Mullen was one of five starting pitchers (and one of just two from the Pac-12 Conference: Robert Ahlstrom, Oregon). It was the first career All-Region honor for either Schwartz or Mullen.
Schwartz was one of the top hitters in the west after re-joining the UCLA lineup in early March. The Newport Beach, Calif. native posted a .396/.514/.628 slash line for the season, narrowly missing out on becoming the first Bruin to bat .400 for a season since 2001. He was crowned the Pac-12's 2021 Batting Champion after putting together a .406 average over 40 regular season contests. He was also the team-leader in RBIs (45) despite missing 13 games, and launched eight homers to rank second on the squad.
Starting off the year as a hybrid closer/midweek starter, Mullen excelled and then transitioned to the weekend rotation where he continued to perform. Mullen finished the regular season as the Pac-12 leader in wins (nine) and finished the year with a 9-1 record, 3.39 ERA, and 89 strikeouts over 77 innings. Standout outings included Feb. 23 against Loyola Marymount (7.1 IP, 0 ER, 7 K) and Mar. 9 against Cal State Fullerton (5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 10 K).
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