May 31, 2011
Cal second baseman Tony Renda was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year Tuesday. He is just the third player in school history to earn that distinction.
Renda hit .330, with 73 hits (third-best in conference), 99 total basess, 38 RBIs and nine stolen bases. Renda also was named to the all-conference team for the second straight season.
Renda helped lead Cal to a 31-20 record and a place in the NCAA Regional on Friday, when the Bears face Baylor.
He joins Jon Zuber and Troy Penix, who were the Co-Southern Division Players of the Year in 1992, as the other Cal players to win Player of the Year honors.
Junior right-hander Erik Johnson and junior catcher Chadd Krist were named to the first-team along with Renda, while junior right-hander Matt Flemer, sophomore outfielder Vince Bruno and sophomore left-hander Justin Jones were selected as Pac-10 honorable mention.