PASADENA, Calif. -- Brian Penserini became the first Caltech baseball player in 12 years to be named first team All-SCIAC.
The Carmicheal, Calif. native became the 41st Caltech baseball player to be named first team all-conference and first person since shortstop Greg Fricke made it in 2000. Eric Schropp was the last Caltech player to be a member of any all-conference team when he made second team all-conference in 2010.
2012 All-Conference Baseball Team
Penserini tied school records with 40 hits and 10 doubles this season. Fricke also had 40 hits in his 2000 season. Penserini tied the mark for doubles with notable former players Jim Hamrick, Ken Campman, and Isaac Gremmer.
Penserini batted .438 this season, and led the league in batting average for large parts of the season. Penserini finished third in the conference in batting average, falling one hit short of leading the entire league in batting average. He also finished fifth in the league in on-base percentage, and in a four-way tie for fourth with 10 doubles.
He 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).
In a season of amazing statistical performances, Penserini's best may have been that he 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).
"One of the best displays of hitting I have seen in my 30 years here at Caltech," said head coach John D'Auria. "Brian has been one of the catalysts for our team all season, both on the field and off."
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.