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James Kaprielian of Beckman fires a pitch in his final appearance in the quarterfinal round of the CIF playoffs. Beckman defeated Los Altos, 2-1. Kaprielian had a two-hitter, striking out 10 and allowing one unearned run.

Final look at career of Beckman's James Kaprielian

Senior pitcher ended up with 33-3 career record.

OCVARSITY.COM

James Kaprielian has wrapped up his sensational three-year varsity baseball career at Beckman, ending up as one of the most talented pitchers to come out of county and the best from Irvine.

Kaprielian, who has already signed to play baseball for UCLA, is expected to be a high draft pick in Monday's professional draft.

Kaprielian and his teammates were hoping to reach the CIF-SS Division 3 title game to defend their CIF championship. But Alhambra ended those hopes Tuesday, defeating the Patriots, 6-4, in the semifinals.

Beckman coach Kevin Lavalle did not use Kaprielian in that game. Kaprielian's last game was a 2-1 victory over Los Altos in the quarterfinals last week.

Kaprielian wound up 12-2 this year with a 0.84 ERA and three saves and five shutouts. He had 112 strikeouts in 88 1/3 innings.

He pitched a no-hitter against Woodbridge on April 17, striking out 10 in an 8-0 win and another one against on May 1, in a 6-0 victory over University.

In his sophomore season, Kaprielian was 10-0 with one save. In his junior year, he was 11-1 with four saves.

Kaprielian's career record was 33-3 with eight saves and a 0.96 ERA.

Beckman's associate head coach Zach Reeder provided some statistics on Kaprielian over the past three years.

-- In 2012, in his last seven starts, Kaprielian pitched 46 innings and allowed one run, 10 hits and did not allow back to back hits, recording 67 strikeouts.

-- He pitched 32 consecutive innings without giving up a run in the 2012 season.

-- In the last two seasons, Kaprielian faced 638 batters and only gave up back to back hits eight times, three times this year and five times last year.

-- Kaprielian had two career no-hitters.

-- In the 2011 season, Kaprielian went 128 batters without walking a batter.

-- Kaprielian winds up fifth all-time in CIF career shutouts (11) and is tied third time all-time in the CIF for consecutive shutouts in a season (four).

"He was a special player to get to coach," Reeder said.


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