Bruso selected Pitcher of the Year |

Bruso selected Pitcher of the Year

Tribune and UC Davis reports

DAVIS, Calif. — UC Davis senior pitcher Greg Bruso has been named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Pitcher of the Year and five Aggies were selected to the All-CCAA first tTeam, it was announced Wednesday. Bruso is the second consecutive UC Davis pitcher to be chosen CCAA Pitcher of the Year as teammate Luke Steidlmayer received the honor last season.

In addition to Bruso, first baseman Dennis Flippen, third baseman Matt Kamigawachi, shortstop Ryan Coultas and outfielder Robby Tulk were all named to the All-CCAA first team.

Bruso, a senior from South Lake Tahoe, capped his four-year at UC Davis by having his career season. He posted a 9-4 record and led the CCAA in earned run average (2.04), shutouts (3) and complete games (10), and was fourth in strikeouts with 90.

“It wouldmean a lot. I believe that is everyone’s goal in this league,” said Bruso when asked about the possibility of winning the award last week. “Luke was pitcher of the year last year and to have my name next to his would be great. He’s a great pitcher, a great friend, so it wold be something really special.”

Twice this season Bruso has earned CCAA Pitcher of the Week honors and threw a five-hit shutout another week he didvnot receive the award.

Bruso won nine consecutive games from March 2 through April 27, compiling a 0.90 ERA during that stretch. He allowed two or fewer earned runs in 12 of his 14 outings. In his last seven outings (47.0 innings pitched), he allowed just five earned runs (0.96 ERA), while throwing six complete games and two shutouts.

Barna on a power trip

Home runs didn’t come easily for Chris Barna during the regular season at Lambuth College in Jackson, Tenn. The junior catcher from South Lake Tahoe went yard only once, but twice in the postseason Barna has broken into a home-run trot.

Barna homered in Lambuth’s 9-5 loss to Union, Tenn., in the NIAA Mid-South Baseball Regionals on Thursday.

The defeat sends 12th-ranked Lambuth into the loser’s bracket of the double-elimination tournament, which continues Friday. Lambuth won their regional opener, beating 19th-rated Lee on Wednesday.

Barna also smacked a walk-off game-clinching homer in a 10-0 victory Pikesville during the conference tournament last week. Lambuth finished second to Cumberland, winning four of their six tournament games.

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