June 30, 2008
LOS ANGELES - UCLA second baseman Alden Carrithers was named a second-team Division I All-West Region selection, the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) announced this week. Carrithers led the Bruins with a .377 batting average and .484 on-base percentage in 2008.
Carrithers started in 59 games for UCLA this spring, capturing All-Pac-10 team honors, and was namedthe team's most valuable player. Aside from leading the team in batting average and on-base percentage, Carrithers was the team leader in hits (84), stolen bases (17) and hit-by-pitches (10). He finished the season among Pac-10 leaders in several categories, including sixth in batting average, fifth in on-base percentage and fifth in hits.
Carrithers, a native of Portland, Ore., was one of five Bruins selected to the 2008 Fullerton Regional's all-tournament team, going 5-for-15 (.333) with five runs and two RBI in four games. Carrithers recorded a .325 batting average in 23 Pac-10 games, compiling 16 RBI, 18 runs and a team-leading .500 on-base percentage. He hit safely in 18 of 23 Pac-10 contests.
A 15th-round selection by the Detroit Tigers in the 2008 MLB Draft, Carrithers led all UCLA ballplayers with 24 multiple-hit games and tied for the team lead with 14 multiple-RBI efforts. Carrithers posted the highest batting average and on-base percentage in a single season by a Bruin since Brian Baron batted .443 with a .487 on-base percentage in 2001. Carrithers finished his senior season having logged five four-hit games.