Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Went 6-2 with one save in 61 innings pitched ... His 24 appearances tied for the third-most in school history for a freshman pitcher ... Finished the season with 68 strikeouts, the fourth-best mark by a UA freshman ... NCAA Fullerton Regional (June 3-6): Made two relief appearances against the defending national champion Titans on June 4 and 6 ... Struck out 10 of the 16 hitters he faced in 4 2/3 innings over two games and limited the opposition to a .125 batting average ... California (May 28-29): Was charged with just his second loss of the year after surrendering three runs on eight hits over three innings. Finished with one strikeout and one walk ... at #22 Stanford (May 20-22): Lost his first career decision in a 5-4 loss to the Cardinal. Gave up just one run on two hits 1 2/3 innings, but it was enough to hand him the loss. Struck out two and walked one ... at #24 Arizona State (May 14-16): Tossed 3 2/3 innings in Arizona’s 16-7 win over the Sun Devils on May 15. Surrendered two runs on two hits and finished with two Ks and one walk to help him earn his first career save... Utah Valley State (May 6-8): Worked 3 2/3 scoreless innings in UA’s 7-2 win on May 8. Struck out three and walked none to pick up his sixth victory of the year ... USC (April 29-May 1): Won his fifth game of the season after working a season-high six scoreless innings against the Trojans on May 1. Limited USC to just two hits and struck out five in UA’s 18-4 win ... at Sacramento State (April 23): Did not factor in the decision in UA’s 7-4 loss. Worked 2 1/3 scoreless innings and finished with three strikeouts and no walks ... at New Mexico (April 19): Tallied his fourth win of the year with four innings of relief against the Lobos. Gave two runs on four hits and finished with two strikeouts and four walks in the 14-3 Arizona win ... #15 Oregon State (April 15-17): Gave up one runs on one hit in Arizona’s series-opening 7-5 victory ... at Washington State (April 8-10): Worked 1 1/3 scoreless innings against the Cougars in UA’s series sweeping 13-10 win on April 10. Gave up just one hit and walked a pair of batters in the no-decision effort ... at UCLA (April 1-3): Won his third decision of the season with 5 2/3 hitless innings of relief in Westwood. Struck out six and walked just one in Arizona’s series-sweeping 12-2 win on April 3 ... Washington (March 24-26): Struck out six of the eight hitters he faced in a hitless no-decision game against the Huskies on March 24 ... at #2 Cal State Fullerton (March 18-20): Started his third game of the year and was roughed up for six runs on three hits in just 1 1/3 innings in a 17-15 CSF victory on March 20. Did not earn a decision in the game ... UNLV (March 15-16): Made his second career start and struck out a season-high eight batters in UA’s 8-4 loss to the Rebels ... Mississippi State (March 11-13): Struck out three hitters over a scoreless 2 1/3 innings on March 12 ... Started one game at DH and went 1 for 3 with a RBI ... #1 Texas (March 4-6): Made two appearances against the top-ranked Longhorns. Went two scoreless innings with two Ks in the 5-4 loss in the series opener and worked a scoreless third of an inning in the 5-4 loss on March 6 ... UC Riverside (Feb. 25-27): Struck out the only batter he faced in Arizona’s 5-4 win on Feb. 27 ... Arizona State (Feb. 23): Recorded his second win of the year with 2 2/3 innings of relief in Arizona’s 11-5 non-conference win. Gave up three runs on two hits while striking out two and walking two ... at UT Pan American (Feb. 18-20): Worked a scoreless inning of relief in UA’s first loss of the year to UTPA on Feb. 20. Struck out one and walked one ... Arizona State (Feb. 15): Made his first career start against ASU and gave four runs on five hits in 3 2/3 innings. Did not factor in the 7-6, 14-inning decision ... Northern Colorado (Feb. 12-13): Struck out the side in one inning of relief in a 10-0 shutout win on Feb. 13 ... New Mexico (Feb. 4-6): Picked up the victory in his first career appearance in an Arizona uniform. Worked 2 2/3 innings in his debut and finished with four strikeouts against just one walk.
Pitched for Yarmouth-Dennis in the Cape Cod League ... Went 2-0 with three saves and a 0.48 ERA in 18 2/3 innings ... Finished with 21 strikeouts and five walks in six appearances ... Named the No. 13 prospect on the Baseball America top 30 list in the league.
Graduated from Woodcreek High School in Roseville, Calif., where he earned four varsity letters in baseball for coaches Kelly Mayo and Lance Fischer ... Two-time team captain ... 2004 Woodcreek HS Player of the Year ... Garnered Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger preseason All-America honors as a senior ... Finished his prep career with 443 Ks ... First team all-state in 2004 ... Sacramento Bee Player of the Year in 2004 ... First team all-city his senior year ... MVP of the Sierra Foothill League in 2004 ... Street and Smith’s High School All-America as a senior ... Batted .409 with 33 runs scored, a Woodcreek record 46 RBI, nine doubles, five triples and six home runs in 2004 ... Went 9-2 in 79 innings pitched with a 0.97 ERA and a single-season school record and state-leading 171 strikeouts against just 20 walks on the mound his senior year ... Named second team all-state his junior year ... First team all-city and All-Sierra Foothill League in 2003 ... Tied a San Joaquin Section record with a 20-strikeout game in his junior season ... First team Sierra Foothill League as a sophomore ... 2002 second team all-city ... 2004 Sacramento All-Metro Optimist Team ... Was on the honor roll all four years of high school.
Was a member of the 2003 USA Baseball Junior National Team that won a silver medal at the Junior Pan Am Games in Willemstad, Curacao ... Participated at the 2003 Area Code games in Long Beach, Calif. ... Played for Norcal Baseball 2002-03 ... Played for the Sacramento Devil Rays in 2001.
Full name: Eric Wesley Berger ... Born 4/22/86 in Goldsboro, N.C. ... Son of Mitch Berger and Sandra Gather ... Stepson of Ron Gather and Rebecca Berger ... Has two younger brothers, Travis Berger and Lucas Gather, and a younger sister, Delaney Berger ...Is undecided in area of academic pursuit.