May 23, 2007
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Freshman outfielder Gabe Cohen captured Pac-10 Co-Newcomer of the Year honors and accompanied senior Tyson Brummett and sophomores Brandon Crawford, Jermaine Curtis and Cody Decker on the All-Pac-10 Team, the conference announced Wednesday.
Five Bruins were named to the 20-player All-Pac-10 team, the most selections from UCLA since five players earned the prestigious honor in 2000. Junior Alden Carrithers and sophomores Ryan Babineau and Tim Murphy earned all-conference honorable mention accolades.
Cohen becomes the first Bruin to receive Newcomer of the Year honors since Wes Whisler earned the distinction in 2002. The Woodland Hills, Calif., native leads UCLA with a .360 batting average and shares the award with USC freshman infielder Grant Green. Cohen has collected 32 RBI, 29 runs and nine home runs, the most by a freshman at UCLA since Whisler belted 18 round-trippers in 2002.
Brummett garnered All-Pac-10 recognition for the first time in his career after throwing seven complete games and compiling a 9-5 record, a 3.54 ERA and 101 strikeouts as UCLA's staff ace. The senior right-hander has earned Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors three times this season. Brummett, who hails from Salem, Utah, became one of eight pitchers in UCLA history to record seven or more complete games in a season last weekend.
Crawford earned All-Pac-10 team honors for the first time in his career and was named an All-Pac-10 honorable mention last season. The Bruins' everyday shortstop has started all 53 games (two at designated hitter) and has tallied a .338 average, a team-best 73 hits and 16 doubles, two triples, six home runs, 50 RBI and 46 runs scored. Crawford earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors for the week of Feb. 12-18 and has been named to the Golden Spikes Award and Dick Howser Trophy Watch Lists.
Curtis was named to the All-Pac-10 team for the first time in his career and gained All-Pac-10 honorable mention accolades last season. The Fontana, Calif., resident has started 29 games for the Bruins at third base and has posted a .331 average. The sophomore third baseman has totaled three home runs, six doubles, 30 RBI, 27 runs scored and a .420 on-base percentage. After his return to the lineup at Stanford (March 30), UCLA won 13 of its next 15 games.
Decker earned his first-ever selection to the All-Pac-10 team. UCLA's most prolific power hitter has belted a team-leading 13 home runs and registered a team-best 52 RBI in 46 games (41 starts). The first baseman from Santa Monica, Calif., has recorded a .323 batting average and team-leading .634 slugging percentage. Decker earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors for the week of April 9-15 after he hit a home run in each game of the Bruins' three-game sweep at USC.
Carrithers gained All-Pac-10 honorable mention accolades in his first year in the conference after having been named to the All-Big West Conference team while at UC Santa Barbara last season. Carrithers has started all 53 games at second base, posting a .350 batting average and team-leading .444 on-base percentage. The Portland, Ore., resident has collected 13 doubles, two home runs, 30 RBI, a team-leading 48 runs scored and seven stolen bases.
Babineau was named an All-Pac-10 honorable mention after playing in all 53 games as UCLA's catcher (51 starts). The Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., resident has tallied a .275 batting average, seven doubles, two triples, five home runs, 34 RBI and 34 runs scored as a sophomore. Babineau has registered a .324 average in Pac-10 play, including four home runs, 20 runs scored and 19 RBI. Last season, Babineau earned All-Pac-10 team honors.
Murphy earned All-Pac-10 recognition for the first time in his career. The sophomore left-hander from Vista, Calif., emerged midway through the season as UCLA's Saturday starter. Murphy has recorded 84 strikeouts, the second-highest total on the Bruins' staff, in 62.0 innings. The two-way player (also started 23 games in center field) has tallied a 4-3 record and 5.66 ERA and has registered a 4-1 record and 4.46 ERA in Pac-10 play.
Rounding out the conference's end-of-the-year awards, Arizona State first baseman Brett Wallace gained Pac-10 Player of the Year accolades, Arizona right-handed pitcher Preston Guilmet captured Pac-10 Pitcher of Year honors, Arizona State second baseman Eric Sogard gained Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year accolades and Arizona State head coach Pat Murphy was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year.
UCLA (29-24, 13-8 Pac-10) concludes its regular-season schedule this weekend when it hosts defending national champion Oregon State (36-16, 8-13 Pac-10) beginning Friday, May 25. First pitch at Jackie Robinson Stadium Friday is slated for 6 p.m.