Bruins will take on Aztecs at 6 p.m. on Friday at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Berg named Pitcher of the Year while Valaika earns Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Became UCLA's first and only three-time All-America selection (1998-2000)...batted over .350 each of three seasons...set the program's single-season freshman records for highest batting average (.383), most hits (85) and most doubles (22)...also collected the longest hitting streak in program history (33 games) as a freshman...concluded his three-year career with a .369 batting average, 40 home runs, 167 RBI and a .433 on-base percentage...wore jersey number 32 all three seasons at UCLA.
Started all 64 games...was one of two players, along with Chase Utley, to start all 64 games that season...was third on the team with a .352 batting average...earned third-team All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball...secured All-Pac-10 accolades for the third consecutive season...selected in the fifth round of the 2000 MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies...finished his junior campaign with 17 home runs, two triples, 16 doubles, 72 RBI and 73 runs...had 95 hits in 270 at-bats...registered a .416 on-base percentage and .615 slugging percentage...entered his junior season ranked No. 19 in Baseball America's list of the top-150 draft-eligible college prospects...lead UCLA to its first-ever NCAA Super Regional (64-team tournament and Super Regional format began in 1999)...the Bruins swept the NCAA Regional at Oklahoma City, Okla.
Earned Cape Cod League Most Valuable Player honors, playing for the Cotuit Kettleers...served as the starting first baseman for Cotuit, which won the Cape Cod League Championship...batted .312 during the summer, posting the league's seventh-highest batting average...collected nine doubles and 35 RBI (second in league) during the regular season...was joined in Cotuit by UCLA teammates Ryan Carter and Chase Utley...batted .391 (9-for-23) with two home runs, eight RBI and five runs in the postseason.
Started all 62 games at first base...was one of two players, along with Chase Utley, to start all 62 games that season...was second on the team with a .375 batting average...secured third-team All-America honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA)...was named an All-Pac-10 selection for the second consecutive season...finished his sophomore season with 14 home runs, one triple, 18 doubles, 41 RBI and 64 runs...had 96 hits in 256 at-bats...registered a .451 on-base percentage and .617 slugging percentage...finished first on the team and second in the Pac-10 in hits (96)...ranked sixth in the Pac-10 in total bases (158), seventh in doubles (18) and eighth in batting average (.375) and runs scored (64)...ranked first in the conference for most double plays fielded (49)...posted hitting streaks of 15 games (March 29-April 27) and eight games (Jan. 24-Feb. 10), before ending the season riding a 12-game hitting streak (May 1-29)...batted .483 (14-for-29) with nine runs during eight-game hitting streak...batted .403 (25-for-62) with 18 runs, 13 RBI and three homers during 15-game hitting streak...UCLA went 11-1 in games in which Atkins homered...led UCLA with a .405 batting average in 38 non-conference games...batted .424 (56-for-132) with 32 runs and 22 RBI in 31 games as the cleanup hitter...went 4-for-4 versus San Diego with four line-drive singles to right (Feb. 10)...was 4-for-5 with a one home run, two RBI and a season-high four runs against Washington State (April 24)...went 4-for-4 with one home run and two RBI against Oregon State (May 9)...belted two home runs in the eighth inning of UCLA's 12-7 win against Stanford (May 15) on national television...became just the third Bruin to hit two home runs in one inning...earned All-NCAA Tournament honors at the NCAA Wichita Regional, going 7-for-14 (.500) with four RBI and two home runs...went 4-for-5 with two runs, three RBI, one double and one home runs versus Oklahoma State (May 28).
Played for the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod League...started at first base and third base...batted .383 with three home runs.
Started 54 games...established himself as the best freshman hitter in school history - set the UCLA freshman season records for highest batting average (.383), hits (85) and doubles (22)...also registered the longest hit streak in school history, hitting safely in 33 consecutive games (Feb. 22-April 26), shattering the previous high of 25 games set by David Tokheim (1991)...collected 51 hits in conference action, tying former major leaguer Shane Mack's long-standing school record, set in 1983...totaled at least eight hits and batted at least .333 against each team in the Six-Pac...finished the season with nine home runs, 22 doubles, 54 RBI, 43 runs and a .425 on-base percentage...led UCLA that season in conference batting average (.405), non-conference batting average (.358), conference hits (51) and two-out batting average (.413)...was second on the team in RBI (54), sacrifice flies (6) and at-bats (222)...recorded 25 multiple-hit games, the second-highest total on the team...had five consecutive multiple-hit games (Stanford, Cal State Fullerton, three versus USC) from Feb. 22-March 1...had four consecutive multiple-RBI games (Feb. 8-15)...hit safely in 28 of 29 Pac-10 games, including the last 25 games in which he played...reached base safely in 52 of 54 games, hitting safely in 50 of those contests.
Played for the Orange County Giants in the Connie Mack League under coach Matt Lundin...helped lead Orange County to a first-place finish...belted a game-winning three-run home run in the playoffs to lead Orange County to the finals.
Three-year varsity baseball letterwinner at University High School...played in the outfield, at third base and pitched under coaches Chris Conlin, Paul Serna and Mike Gerakos...batted .557 with a school-record 13 home runs, 38 RBI and school-record 49 runs as a senior...established school records with 19 doubles and 51 hits as a junior...logged a .518 career batting average, including career totals of 18 home runs, 83 RBI and 118 hits...earned All-League honors three consecutive seasons...named League MVP as a junior and senior...helped lead University to two league titles...named Athlete of the Year at University in 1997...named Most Valuable Player of the North/South State Tournament.
Full name: Garrett Bernard Atkins...selected in the 10th round of the 1997 MLB Draft by the New York Mets...was also recruited by Cal State Fullerton, Oklahoma State, Pepperdine and USC...if not playing baseball, would like to have played golf at UCLA...met ESPN's Peter Gammons at Fenway Park in the summer of 1998...is the older of Ronald and Diana Atkins' two children...has one younger sister, Kristan...born Dec. 12, 1979 in Orange County, Calif...sociology major.
GARRETT ATKINS' CAREER STATISTICS