Chico Heat Sign UC Davis Star Caleb Van Blake

2017.04.28

2016:¬†Appeared in 21 games, making 13 starts… Hit .213 in 61 at-bats, slugging five doubles, a triple, and scoring seven times, while driving in nine… Made his collegiate debut on April 10 against Hawai’i as a pinch-hitter… Made his first career start at second base against UC Irvine on April 24… Collected his first collegiate hit and RBI at Nevada on April 26… Finished with a season-high three hits against Sacramento State at home on May 3, finishing a home run short of the cycle, while also collecting two hits against Pacific (April 30) and the Hornets (May 10)… Eight of his nine RBI came in a span when he drove in at least one run in seven consecutive games from May 3-15… Scored a season-high two runs at CSUN on May 14… Also made two appearances on the mound in relief, finishing with a 4.50 ERA in 2.0 innings, allowing a run on four hits and striking out one… Posted relief appearances against Cal State Fullerton (April 17) and Long Beach State (May 21).

BENICIA HS ’15
A two-time All-Solano County Athletic Conference first team selection as a junior and senior, who hit .427 with 25 runs scored, 35 hits, and 24 RBI, as a senior… Finished with eight doubles, a pair of triples, and three home runs in his final prep season, posting an on-base percentage of .510 and a slugging percentage of .682… Was 1-2 on the mound in seven appearances, saving three games for the Panthers as a senior… Helped the Panthers to a pair of SCAC titles as a sophomore and junior, and a runner-up finish as a senior… Panthers advanced to the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section championship game twice during his career, including winning a section title as a junior… Scored 17 runs and drove in 22 more as a junior, smacking six doubles and a pair of home runs for a .432 slugging percentage… Struck out 27 batters in 16.2 innings as a sophomore.

PERSONAL
Parents are John and Diane… Has three older brothers, Zac, Josh, and Gabe… If he could play any other sport at UC Davis, it would be football.

Check out Caleb’s UC Davis stats:¬†http://www.ucdavisaggies.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/caleb_van_blake_1003716.html