PASADENA, Calif. -- Brian Penserini became the first baseball player in Caltech's history to be named to the all-region team by the American Baseball Coaches Association.
Penserini was named to the third team for the western region of the ABCA. The west region encompasses four athletic conferences and 43 schools. The conferences represented are the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC), Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC), Northwest Conference (NWC), and American Southwest Conference (ASC). The region stretches from California to Washington and as far east as Mississippi.
Head Coach John D'Auria said, "He was recognized as one of the region's best for the entire season and thoroughly deserved this high honor."
Pensirini was named all-conference earlier in the offseason after he tied the school record for hits and doubles in a season with 40 and 10 respectively.
Penserini batted .438 this season, and led the SCIAC in batting average for a large part of the season, but ultimately finished third in the conference, falling one hit short of the conference lead. He also finished fifth in the league in on-base percentage, and in a four-way tie for fourth with 10 doubles.
The SCIAC had 15 players out of 49 represented on the all-region squad.
The Carmichael, Calif native finished his junior campaign leading Caltech in almost every major statistical category including; batting average, home runs, runs batted in (19), slugging percentage (.624), doubles, hits, total bases (53), on-base percentage (.486), and OPS (1.010).
Penserini had 15 multi-hit games in the 31 games he played in this season (in two of those 31 games he only got a single at bat).
The Geology major predominantly served as Caltech's starting catcher this season, but he also pitched in 11 games, played DH, and played a game each at first and second base.
The ABCA was formed in 1945 and now has over 6,600 members from all 50 states and 23 countries.