May 27, 2014
DAVIS, Calif. -- UC Davis senior second baseman Steven Patterson and junior outfielder Kevin Barker were named to the All-Big West Second Team, headlining a list of six Aggies named to the all-conference honor roll according to a vote of the league's coaches released on Tuesday afternoon.
The six honorees mark the second-highest total for the UC Davis since the school's Big West debut in 2008, when the Aggies placed two on the first team, three on the second team, and three more on the honorable mention list, for a total of eight, en route to 35 victories and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
In his second Division I campaign, Patterson earned his second straight second-team honor, batting .326 with 19 runs scored, seven doubles, four triples, and 24 RBI. One of 30 candidates nationwide in the running for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award, Patterson slugged .451 on the year and had an on-base percentage of .436, finishing with 15 multi-hit games and six more contests with two-or-more RBI -- numbers that could of been even higher had he not missed a month due to injury.
Barker is coming off a career year in 2014 to earn his first career all-conference award, hitting .335 in 50 games to rank among the Big West's best at the end of the regular season, while also leading the team in hits (63) and stolen bases (7), and finishing second in doubles (10). His hitting streak of 13 games from April 11 to May 9 was the longest by a UC Davis player this season, while the San Francisco native also added a string of reaching base safely in 25 consecutive games during the year.
A quartet of Aggies earned a spot on the honorable mention list as senior catcher Spencer Brann, senior infielder Adam Young, junior designated hitter Nick Lynch, and freshman closer Zach Stone rounded out the UC Davis selections.
Splitting time behind the plate on defense, Brann set numerous career high's during his 33 games (29 starts) in the lineup, hitting .324 with a career-best 33 hits, 16 runs scored, nine doubles, and 12 RBI, slugging .490 on the season with a .384 on-base percentage. Defensively, the Hollister, Calif., native made just two errors in 185 chances for a .989 fielding percentage and throwing out 14 would-be base stealers.
Another Aggie wrapping up a career year was Young, who ranked among the league's top hitters during the regular season at .337 while leading the team with 26 runs scored and finishing second with 59 hits. Having not hit higher than .232 in his previous three seasons, Young led the team with 20 multi-hit games -- including a team-best six games with three hits -- and drove home the game-winning run four times.
Lynch, who was an All-Big West Second Team selection as a sophomore, earned his second consecutive all-conference honor after hitting .308 with a career-high 11 doubles, four home runs, and a team-best 34 RBI as the team's designated hitter and first baseman. The Big West Player of the Week on Feb. 24, finished tied for second on the team with 18 multi-hit games on the season, including five games with three hits, and led the team with 11 contests of two-or-more RBI.
Stone established himself as of the league's top closers in just his first season as an Aggie, ranking fourth in the Big West during the regular season with nine saves in 25 appearances -- a total that stands second on the school's single-season chart and already tied for eighth on the career list. The freshman from Eureka, Calif., finished 3-4 overall on the mound with a 3.14 ERA, striking out 23 in 28 2/3 innings of work and holding opposing hitters to just a .202 average. He was named as one of 50 closers nationwide to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association's watch list for its 10th annual "Stopper of the Year" Award.
UC Davis finished the 2014 campaign at 23-31 overall and 7-17 in the Big West for a seventh-place finish. Both win totals exceeded those from a season ago as the Aggies topped the 20-win plateau for the fourth time in the program's Division I history and posted wins over NCAA Tournament-bound teams Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State, and Sacramento State, while facing seven teams overall that advanced to postseason play.