SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – More honors rolled in on Monday for a pair of UC Santa Barbara freshmen as Greg Mahle and Andrew Vasquez were both named Second Team Freshmen All-Americans by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
The duo, who were already named Louisville Slugger Freshman All-Americans last week, were the only Big West players represented of the 32 players nationwide to be chosen to the elite list. UCSB was one of four schools to have multiple honorees win the award.
It is the first time in school history that any freshman at UCSB received multiple All-American designation.
Vasquez led the Big West with a 1.93 ERA and started a team-best 15 games. The Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. native struck out 104 batters – the most by a freshman at UCSB since Barry Zito in 1997 – and held opponents to conference-low .190 batting average against. The left-hander was primarily the Gauchos' Friday starter and led the staff with 88.2 innings pitched.
Mahle hit .347, which was fifth-best in the conference, and tied for the team lead with 35 RBI. The Westminster, Calif. native was also the Gauchos' closer as he recorded a team-best four saves and struck out 45 batters in 46.1 innings pitched.
Each player was named to a national watch list during the course of the 2012 season as Vasquez was placed on a 51-player National Pitcher of the Year Watch List and Mahle was named to the 20-person Two-Way Player of the Year Watch List.