Best Of D1: Golden Spikes Spotlight On UCLA’s David Berg (2015)
Editor’s Note: The COVID-19 crisis has resulted in the cancellation of the 2020 college baseball season, so we’re digging through our archives and re-posting some of the best work of D1Baseball’s first five years, highlighting some of college baseball’s biggest stars and most compelling storylines. Today, we present Aaron Fitt’s 2015 feature on UCLA’s David Berg, who has a strong case as the most accomplished relief pitcher in college baseball history. His rise to prominence was a wonderful story of perseverance for a mostly overlooked prep player who showed up at UCLA as a recruited walk-on. This in-depth feature, which ran in the twilight of Berg’s decorated collegiate career, tells the full story of his journey to UCLA legend.
Originally published: May 20, 2015.
IRVINE, Calif. — David Berg leaned against the visitor’s dugout railing at Anteater Ballpark and gestured to the sun-soaked field and the home clubhouse on the other side of the diamond. This could have been home for Berg.
“I was within seconds of signing to come to UCI,” Berg said. “I came here, took a campus visit, and I loved it. I was really excited.”
Berg had just finished helping powerhouse Bishop Amat High School win a state title as a senior reliever. His prep career was over — but he still was not committed to a college. …