May 29, 2012
Complete Big West Conference Release
DAVIS, Calif. - Scott Kalush, Paul Politi and Nick Lynch were each selected to the All-Big West Conference second team while Anthony Kupbens was an honorable mention it was announced on Tuesday by the league office.
Kupbens is an honorable mention selection for the second consecutive season while Kalush, Politi and Lynch each received all-conference awards for the first time in their Aggie careers.
Kalush started 52 games as the Aggie catcher, finishing his senior season with a .240 batting average to go with 18 runs, 42 hits, 24 RBI and five home runs. He picked off a league-best six runners and caught 17 runners stealing, which ranked third in the Big West.
The San Mateo, Calif. native raised his offensive output during conference season, batting .253 while four of his five homers came during league play. He closed his Aggie career with a solo shot over the left field wall in Sunday's season finale.
Politi was the only Aggie to start all 57 games, occupying third base throughout the season. He led UC Davis in virtually every offensive category, batting .346 while his team-leading 79 hits ranked him third in the Big West. He also led UC Davis with 32 RBI and hit 13 doubles and three home runs during his junior campaign. He closed the year on a 10-game hitting streak.
In his first season in a UC Davis uniform, Lynch started 40 of the 49 games he appeared in as the Aggies' designated hitter and stood in at first base on occasion as well. He hit .302 for the year and was UC Davis' leading hitter throughout parts of the season. His .450 slugging percentage ranked him in the top 10 of the Big West as he hit eight doubles, a triple and four home runs.
Kupbens closed out his Aggie career in dominating fashion, throwing his third complete game and first shutout of the year on May 25 against UC Irvine. He closed out his senior campaign with a 2.83 ERA and a 5-4 record, striking out 49 batters in 95.1 innings of work. His final year was also highlighted by a complete game against San Jose State in which he allowed just one run.
The San Jose native started 38 games during his UC Davis career, ranking him sixth all-time.
UC Davis and first-year head coach Matt Vaughn ended the 2012 season with an overall record of 27-30, the highest win total for the Aggies since 2008 when UC Davis advanced to an NCAA Div. I regional.