It was recently announced that the University of Redlands baseball team collected four All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) awards, as voted upon by the head coaches of the member institutions. First-year infielder Jared Anderson (Gilbert, AZ) was tabbed the SCIAC Newcomer of the Year, while graduate student infielder Anthony Acosta (Simi Valley, CA), senior outfielder/pitcher Cal Bridges (Fremont, CA), and junior catcher Matthew Brumbaugh (Chula Vista, CA) represented the Bulldogs among the All-Conference Team.
Anderson made the most of his opportunities in his first season by stepping up as the Bulldogs' second baseman in 16 games. On defense, he recorded 32 putouts and 38 assists with only one error. At the plate, he earned a batting average of .277 off 18 hits, including four doubles and one triple, while batting in six runs and scoring nine.
Acosta repeats as an All-Conference selection from the 2019 season. This year, he competed in all 16 games for the Bulldogs as the third baseman or the designated hitter. He ranked second in the SCIAC with a batting average of .406, which stemmed from the third-most hits in the conference at 28 and included three doubles. He produced 15 RBI and five runs as well. Defensively, he added six putouts and 17 assists at the hot corner.
Bridges finishes off his Bulldog career with a spot among the All-SCIAC Team as a versatile and effective contributor. As the right fielder, he totaled 23 putouts and three assists to go along with four hits, four RBI, and five runs at the plate. He also made 10 appearances on the mound, earning two saves and one win in 19.2 innings of work. Bridges registered 14 strikeouts to rank sixth in the conference with 6.41 strikeouts per game. He also held opponents to a lowly .194 batting average for the second-best showing among the SCIAC pitchers.
Brumbaugh caps off the U of R's All-SCIAC honorees as the team's catcher in 11 games. He delivered a batting average of .340 with 16 hits, including one double, to go along with six RBI and nine runs scored. Defensively, he recorded 40 putouts and eight assists for a fielding percentage of .941. As another example of a multifaceted competitor, he made six appearances on the mound for two wins in nine innings with four strikeouts.
For a complete list of the All-SCIAC honorees, please visit the conference website.
Redlands completed the pandemic-challenged season with a 5-11 overall record and a 5-7 mark in SCIAC action.