TUCSON, Ariz. - UCLA junior right-hander Trevor Bauer has captured National Player of the Year honors from Collegiate Baseball, as announced Thursday by the weekly newspaper. Bauer has led UCLA with a 12-2 record, 1.27 ERA and nation-best 189 strikeouts this season.
Bauer, who was named the Pac-10 Conference's Pitcher of the Year on Tuesday, has become the first UCLA baseball player to secure National Player of the Year acclaim from a major baseball media affiliate since 1990, when catcher Paul Ellis was tabbed the Division I Player of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA).
Bauer has thrown eight consecutive complete games, including nine overall this season and 14 in his three-year collegiate career. He has established UCLA's career records this season in strikeouts (446), wins (33) and innings pitched (364.1). Bauer is tied for second on the school's all-time complete games list.
A three-time All-Pac-10 Team selection, Bauer was named as one of 30 semifinalists for the coveted Golden Spikes Award on Tuesday, as announced by USA Baseball. Three finalists for that award will be announced Monday, June 6. Bauer earned Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors a record six times this season and was a National Player of the Week selection by Louisville Slugger on seven occasions this spring.
Bauer currently leads all Pac-10 pitchers in ERA (1.27), opponent batting average (.152), strikeouts (189) and innings pitched (127.2). In conference games, Bauer went 8-1 with eight complete games in nine starts, registering 118 strikeouts and 16 walks in 80.0 innings.
Hailing from Valencia, Calif., Bauer enrolled at UCLA in January 2009, graduating from Hart High School one semester early. In the spring of 2009, he went 9-3 with a 2.99 ERA, 92 strikeouts and 27 walks in 105.1 innings to capture Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball Freshman Pitcher of the Year honors. As a sophomore in 2010, he went 12-3 with a 3.02 ERA, securing second-team All-America acclaim from Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America.
Bauer and the UCLA baseball team open their postseason schedule at the NCAA Los Angeles Regional against San Francisco on Friday at 6 p.m.