WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — In a vote by the Conference coaches, Oregon State sophomore outfielder Michael Conforto has been named the 2013 Pac-12 Player of the Year, while UCLA sophomore right-hander David Berg has earned Pitcher of the Year honors. UCLA junior shortstop Pat Valaika has been tabbed the Defensive Player of the Year, Oregon State freshman right-hander Andrew Moore has been named Freshman of the Year and Oregon State’s Pat Casey has garnered Coach of the Year laurels, as the Conference office announced the baseball all-conference selections Wednesday.
Pac-12 Player of the Year – Michael Conforto, OREGON STATE
Conforto is Oregon State’s 11th Conference Player of the Year. The Woodinville, Wash., native boasts a .332 batting average, and a .512 slugging percentage, the latter of which is good for second on the team and ninth in the Pac-12. He owns a league-high .457 on-base percentage, and his nine home runs are tied for second in the Conference. The outfielder has scored 42 runs and driven in an additional 42 runs; both figures rank among the top 10 in the league. A preseason All-American, Conforto has a pair of grand slams to his credit this season. He was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year in 2012
Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year – David Berg, UCLA
Berg is the third Bruin to win Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year, joining Pete Janicki (1992) and Trevor Bauer (2011). The Covina, Calif., native owns an NCAA-best 0.70 ERA. He is 6-0 in 41 appearances and has tallied 18 saves. He boasts a .190 opposing batting average and has notched 64 strikeouts versus seven walks. The reliable closer pitched a NCAA-high 37.0 consecutive scoreless innings over 24 appearances in the second half of the season and is in contention for a number of national postseason honors, including the Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Trophy. Berg has been instrumental in UCLA’s success this season as the Bruins are set to host a NCAA regional for the fourth year in a row.
Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year – Pat Valaika, UCLA
Valaika, who hails from Valencia, Calif., is the first Bruin to receive the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honor. The junior shortstop, who has started all 56 games for the Bruins, is fielding at a .978 clip and has committed just five errors in 174 chances. He has registered a team-leading 714 assists, ranking him fourth in the Conference in that category. Valaika was named to the latest Brooks Wallace midseason watch list.
Pac-12 Freshman of the Year – Andrew Moore, OREGON STATE
Moore is the third Beaver to garner Freshman of the Year laurels, with Conforto winning the award last season and Darwin Barney receiving the honor in 2005. The righty from Eugene, Ore., is the only Conference hurler with 12 wins this season (ranks third nationally), and his 1.22 ERA and .193 opposing batting average rank second in the league. He has tossed three complete-game shutouts this season, the most by an OSU pitcher in more than a decade. Oregon State’s Saturday starter, Moore tallied 55 strikeouts and issued 21 walks in 103.0 innings this season.
Pac-12 Coach of the Year -- Pat Casey, OREGON STATE
This is the fifth Coach of the Year accolade for Casey, who is one of two Oregon State skippers to win the award. His predecessor, Jack Riley, was also a five-time recipient (1982-83, 86, 93-94). Picked to finish third in the Conference, the Beavers claimed their third Pac-12 title since 1999 and their highest-ever national seed in the NCAA Championship. Oregon State was ranked as highly as second in the nation by Baseball America and never fell out of the top 10. The Beavers are making their school-record fifth consecutive postseason appearance and their 14th overall.
2013 All-Conference Baseball Team Name Position Year School
Mark Appel (2) RHP Sr. Stanford
J.J. Altobelli SS Sr. Oregon
Michael Benjamin 3B Jr. Arizona State
David Berg (2) RHP So. UCLA
Matt Boyd LHP Sr. Oregon State
Kasey Coffman OF Jr. Arizona State
Michael Conforto (2) OF So. Oregon State
Dylan Davis OF So. Oregon State
Brandon Dixon 3B Jr. Arizona
Johnny Field (2) OF Jr. Arizona
Ryon Healy 1B Jr. Oregon
Ryan Kellog LHP Fr. Arizona State
Andrew Moore RHP Fr. Oregon State
Andrew Knapp C Jr. California
Kevin Newman SS Fr. Arizona
Adam Plutko (3) RHP Jr. UCLA
Brian Ragira 1B Jr. Stanford
Justin Ringo DH Sr. Stanford
Jake Rodriguez C Jr. Oregon State
Jimmie Sherfy (2) RHP Jr. Oregon
Tyler Smith SS Sr. Oregon State
Tommy Thorpe LHP So. Oregon
Pat Valaika SS Jr. UCLA
Nick Vander Tuig RHP Jr. UCLA
Ben Wetzler LHP Jr. Oregon State
(2)- Two-time All-Conference selection
(3)- Three-time All-Conference selection
Honorable Mention: Trever Allen (ASU, So., OF); Ryan Burr (ASU, Fr., RHP); Michael Camporeale (WASH, Sr., OF/DH); Brian Carroll (UCLA, Jr., OF); Danny Diekroeger (STAN, Jr., 2B); Trent Gilbert (ARIZ, So., 2B); Cole Irvin (ORE, Fr., LHP); Kevin Kramer (UCLA, So., 3B); Adam Landecker (OSU, Sr., 2B); Jason Mondo (WSU, Jr., OF/RP); Andy Peterson (OSU; Jr., 2B); Jayce Ray (WASH, Sr., OF); Max Rossiter (ASU, Sr., C); Scott Schultz (OSU, Jr., RHP); Collin Slaybaugh (WSU, Jr., C); Garrett Stubbs (USC, So., C); Brett Thomas (ORE, Jr., OF); Austin Voth (WASH, Jr., RHP); Mitch Watrous (UTAH, So., RHP); Greg Zebrack (USC, Sr., OF).