Right-handed hurler who could saw action both in a starting and relief role in his first season at San Diego State in 2008 ... Played during summer 2008 for the Corvallis (Ore.) Knights in the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League ... Made 13 appearances (including 10 starts) compiling a record of 4-0 with a 1.87 earned run average ... Struck out 59 and walked only nine in 62.2 innings ... Named the Knights' most valuable pitcher ... Second-team all-WCCBL selection ... Played in the league's all-star game ... Originally came to SDSU from a junior college team that was ranked 16th in the nation at the conclusion of the 2007 regular season.
SAN DIEGO STATE 2008
Began the year as a member of the Aztec starting rotation ... Opened the season with a win over fifth-ranked San Diego, going 7.0 innings and allowing no runs on four hits with a walk and three strikeouts ... Picked up his second win of the year in the 4-0 victory over Harvard when he tossed 8.0 innings, allowing just two hits with a pair of walks and four strikeouts ... That contest was his longest outing of the season ... Season-high five strikeouts came in his start vs. Arizona on April 8 ... Over the final third of the season was a short middle relief specialist, making seven appearances out of the bullpen prior to his start at Cal State Fullerton in the regular-season finale (May 17) ... Longest relief stint was 1.2 innings on two occasions (vs. TCU April 27 and at Arizona April 30) ... Best relief outing came on May 13 vs. Long Beach State when he went one inning, walking one and striking out one.
Played two seasons of baseball at the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas ... Coached there by Tim Chambers ... As a sophomore in 2007, compiled record of 8-3 with a 1.79 earned run average ... Struck out 79 and walked only 21 over 81 innings as opponents hit just .219 against him ... Selected team captain as he led CCSN to the conference title ... As a freshman, posted a mark of 5-1 with a 2.44 earned run average ... Had 40 strikeouts and 10 walks in 44.1 innings pitched.
Earned four varsity letters as a baseball player at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas ... Coached there by Kenny White (two years) and Chris Cheff (two years) ... Named all-region and honorable mention all-city as a senior after compiling a 5-4 record along with a 3.19 earned run average ... All-region honoree as a junior after going 6-4 with a 2.59 earned run average ... Team captain both of those years ... Played two seasons of varsity basketball, averaging six points per game as a sophomore and 11 points per game as a junior ... Member of the National Honor Society.
Jonathan F. Berger was born Jan. 18, 1987, in Las Vegas, Nev. ... Son of Roy and Deborah Berger ... Father played college basketball at John Carroll University ... Hobbies include working out, playing basketball and ping pong ... Lists favorite athlete as Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Smoltz ... Recruited by Arizona, Nevada, UNLV, UC Irvine and Arkansas ... A communications (media studies) major at SDSU ... Interested in a career as a professional baseball player or sports journalist.