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    Alcantara, Eastman Capture Baseball Weekly Awards


    Adam Alcantara lifted UC Irvine to a season-ending series victory, and Colton Eastman guided Cal State Fullerton to the outright conference title as the duo earned Big West Baseball Field Player and Pitcher of the Week accolades. 

    Alcantara Ends Season On Red Hot Streak

    Extending his hitting streak to 16 games, including an inside-the-park-home run, UC Irvine junior Adam Alcantara (Alta Loma, Calif./Bishop Amat HS) collected Big West Baseball Field Player of the Week honors.

    The outfielder hit .583 (7-for-12) with a 1.000 slugging percentage to help the Anteaters take a 2-1 series victory over visiting CSUN.  He doubled twice, and recorded just the program’s second inside-the-park homer in 15 years.  The 16-game hit streak represents the 11th in UCI history.

    Alcantara, who recorded at least one RBI in all three games, opened the series going 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Thursday’s 4-1 victory.

    In Friday’s 8-2 setback, Alcantara contributed a pair of hits and drove in one of the two Anteater runs.

    He saved his best for the season finale.  Alcantara reached base in all five plate appearances, going 4-for-4 with a walk.  He scored twice and drove in four of the team’s seven runs in a 7-6 victory.  He blasted a pitch off the left-center field wall in the third, scoring John Brontsema and hustling around to score under the tag as UCI took a 3-1 lead.

    Alcantara also stole his fifth base of the season in Saturday’s win.

    Others nominated: Nick Meyer (Cal Poly); Josh Vargas (Cal State Fullerton); Mark Contreras (UC Riverside); Josh Rojas (Hawai‘i)

    Eastman Pitches Titans To Big West Title

    Freshman Colton Eastman (Fresno, Calif./Central HS) allowed one run in 8.1 innings of work to defeat rival Long Beach State and help Cal State Fullerton to the outright conference title, spurring him to Big West Baseball Pitcher of the Week honors.

    The 8.1 innings was a career-long outing for the right-handed hurler, who did not walk a batter and struck out nine Dirtbags in a pressure-packed 2-1 victory.  The Titans owned a one-game lead on the Dirtbags coming into the contest, and the win not only wrapped up the program’s second straight championship, but clinched the Big West automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.

    Eastman kept LBSU off balance throughout, as he allowed just one base runner through the first six innings and faced just one over the minimum during that stretch.  He retired nine straight batters at one point.

    Others nominated: Justin Calomeni (Cal Poly); Angel Rodriguez (CSUN); Darren McCaughan (Long Beach State); Elliot Surrey (UC Irvine); Angel Landazuri (UC Riverside); Shane Bieber (UC Santa Barbara)


    Fernandez, Rosenberg Capture Baseball Weekly Awards


    Baseball weekly honors have been bestowed upon UC Riverside junior Vince Fernandez and CSUN sophomore Kenny Rosenberg.

    Fernandez Sparks Highlander Offense

    UC Riverside junior Vince Fernandez (Livermore, Calif./Granada HS) hit .526 with six runs scored and six RBIs to collect his second Big West Baseball Field Player of the Week honor this season.

    The outfielder helped the Highlanders to a 3-1 record with three, three-hit games, and had 10 hits in 19 at-bats for the week.  Three of those hits went for extra bases.  He posted a .550 on-base percentage and .895 slugging percentage.

    Fernandez, who leads the Big West in hits with 75, picked up three in four at-bats in UCR’s 8-3 victory against San Diego State on Tuesday.  He scored three times, and clubbed his seventh homer of the season, a solo shot to right in the second inning.

    Moving back into conference play, Fernandez helped the Highlanders post a series victory over Cal Poly.  He laced an RBI single in UCR’s 6-4 win to open the series.

    In game two, an 11-5 triumph, Fernandez went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs.  He had an RBI single in the sixth and knocked home another run with a double in the eighth.

    Fernandez posted his third, three-hit game of the week in Sunday’s 6-4 loss.  He smashed his eighth home run of the year and drove in two, increasing his RBI total to 41, which ranks No. 4 in the Big West.  He has nine RBIs in the last five games, and has five multiple-hit games in his last six.

    Others nominated:
    Michael Sanderson (Cal Poly); Timmy Richards (Cal State Fullerton); Brock Lundquist (Long Beach State); Adam Alcantara (UC Irvine); Ethan Lopez (Hawai‘i)

    Rosenberg Fires Two-Hit Shutout Against Purdue

    CSUN sophomore Kenny Rosenberg (Mill Valley, Calif./Tamalpais HS) tossed a two-hit shutout in a road win against Purdue, garnering Big West Baseball Pitcher of the Week honors.

    The southpaw became the second Matador pitcher to shutout an opponent this season, and the first to hurl a two-hitter since Calvin Copping did the same against Hawai‘i in April 2015.

    Rosenberg struck out 12, the third time this year he has fanned double-digit batters in a game.  It was his first career shutout.  He gained momentum as the game went along, retiring the final 16 hitters in a row with six strikeouts over the last three innings.  Rosenberg punctuated his outing by striking out the side in the ninth.

    In improving to 6-1 on the season, Rosenberg moved into a tie for 10th place in school history with 113 career strikeouts.

    Others nominated: Colton Eastman (Cal State Fullerton); Tanner Brown (Long Beach State); Cameron Bishop (UC Irvine); Austin Sodders (UC Riverside); Brendan Hornung (Hawai‘i)


    Rippy, Hyland Named Softball Weekly Award Winners


    Delynn Rippy and Sierra Hyland notched the final softball weekly awards of the 2016 season.

    Rippy Leads Titan Offense In Series Win

    Cal state Fullerton junior Delynn Rippy (Oceanside, Calif./El Camino HS) earned Big West Softball Field Player of the Week accolades as she posted three straight multi-hit games in a series victory over UC Santa Barbara.

    Rippy hit .667 (6-for-9) with four runs scored and three RBIs, accounting for more than half of the 13 runs the Titans scored in the series.  She had a .700 on-base percentage and .889 slugging percentage.

    The right fielder was the only Titan to record a multi-hit game as she finished 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI in the series-opening 3-1 win.  She drove home the eventual game-winner with a second inning RBI-single.  Rippy also scored an insurance run in the fifth and picked up her 14th stolen base of the season in the game.

    Rippy roped a two-run double to give the Titans a 3-0 lead in the second game, one they ultimately would lose 4-3 due to a late UCSB comeback.  She finished 2-for-2 with a walk.

    In addition to going 2-for-4 in the rubber game, a 7-1 victory, Rippy scored three times and tallied her second double of the series.  The Titans finished the regular season 17-4 in conference and champions of the Big West.

    Others nominated: Stephanie Heyward (Cal Poly); Katie Hooper (CSUN); Tierra Falo (Long Beach State); Melanie Menor (UC Santa Barbara); Sarah Muzik (Hawai‘i)

    Hyland Earns 11th Career Pitcher of the Week Award

    Moving into a tie for fourth all-time for Big West Softball Pitcher of the Week awards, Cal Poly junior Sierra Hyland (Visalia, Calif./El Diamante HS) accumulated her 11th career honors thanks to a pair of dominant performances.

    The right-hander tied Pacific’s Cindy Ball (1999-02) on the all-time citations list.  Hyland won the award six times as a freshman, once as a sophomore, and on four occasions this season.

    To accomplish the feat, she had two solid efforts in the circle against UC Riverside.  With the offense providing a combined four runs of support in her two starts, Hyland allowed just one run in 17.0 innings of work.

    She threw a complete game in Cal Poly’s 3-1 win to open the series.  She allowed just five hits, walked two and struck out one.

    In the season finale, Hyland pitched all 10 innings of a 1-0 Mustang victory.  She did not walk a batter and fanned three while scattering seven hits.

    For the week, Hyland was 2-0 with a 0.41 ERA and a .203 opponent batting average.  She completed the year with a 1.19 ERA, the fourth-lowest total in program single-season history.

    Others nominated: Desiree Ybarra (Cal State Fullerton); Taylor Troost (CSUN); Christina Clermont (Long Beach State); Tayler Misfeldt (UC Riverside); Kanani Aina Cabrales (Hawai‘i)


    Schuknecht, McCaughan Earn Baseball Weekly Honors


    John Schuknecht of Cal Poly and Darren McCaughan of Long Beach State put forth dominant performances to attain the Big West Baseball Field Player and Pitcher of the Week awards, respectively.

    Schuknecht’s Grand Slam Punctuates Solid Week

    Senior John Schuknecht (Palm Desert, Calif./Palm Desert HS) hit his second career grand slam and knocked in a career-high six runs to help Cal Poly clinch a series victory, earning Big West Baseball Field Player of the Week honors for the third time this season.

    The right fielder, the 20th Mustang in the school’s 22-year Division I history to notch at six RBI in a game, drove in his first run of Sunday’s 17-5 win over UC Irvine with a first inning fielder’s choice.  He had a sac fly in the fourth inning for his second RBI, and then connected on the first pitch he saw in the fifth for the grand slam.

    Schuknecht clubbed another homer in Saturday’s 11-2 loss.

    In the series opener, he scored a pair of runs and drove in another as the Mustangs cruised to a 9-1 win over the Anteaters.

    Overall, he scored six runs and had eight RBIs, accounting for 14 of Cal Poly’s 33 runs scored for the week.  He also went 2-for-3 with a double and run scored in a midweek game against Fresno State.

    Schuknecht hit .429 (6-for-14) with a .526 on-base percentage and .929 slugging percentage for the week.

    Others nominated: Timmy Richards (Cal State Fullerton); Branden Berry (CSUN); Brock Lundquist (Long Beach State); Tanner Bily (UC Davis); Vince Fernandez (UC Riverside); Ethan Lopez (Hawai‘i)

    McCaughan Masterful In One-Hit Shutout

    Long Beach State sophomore Darren McCaughan collected his second Big West Baseball Pitcher of the Week honor this season after firing a one-hit complete game shutout against San Jose State.

    The right-hander allowed just two baserunners on the day, and never allowed a man to reach scoring position as the Dirtbags won 2-0.  He went the distance for the first time in his career.  Allowing a hit batsmen in the first and a single in the fifth, McCaughan was virtually untouched as he recorded seven 1-2-3 innings.

    McCaughan registered the first one-hit shutout by a Dirtbags pitcher in over four years.  He improved to a 8-1 on the season with a 2.10 ERA and a sparkling 0.80 WHIP.

    Others nominated: Justin Calomeni (Cal Poly); John Gavin (Cal State Fullerton); Conner O’Neil (CSUN); Justin Mullins (UC Davis); Austin Sodders (UC Riverside); Alex Hatch (Hawai‘i)

    Track & Field

    Four Schools Represented in Final Track and Field Athlete of the Week Awards


    Four different schools earned representation on the final list of Big West Track and Field Athlete of the Week award winners for the 2016 season.

    UC Santa Barbara senior Shyan Vaziri (San Diego, Calif./Scripps Ranch HS) captured his second Big West Men’s Track Athlete of the Week honor this season as he set a new personal best in the 800 meters.  Vaziri ran 1:48.70 at the Oxy Invitational, and held off former Gaucho All-American Ryan Martin in the race.  Vaziri’s time ranks No. 1 in the Big West and No. 20 in the West Region.

    Cal State Fullerton junior Janaya Shorty (Victorville, Calif./Bellflower HS) earned Big West Women’s Track Athlete of the Week recognition as she fared well in three different races at the Oxy Invitational.  She was the third-fastest collegian in the 400 meters, crossing the line in a seasonal best 54.86 seconds.  The Big West leader in the 200 meters, Shorty missed her season-best by a smidgin, finishing second among collegians in 24.02.  Shorty also anchored the Titan winning 4x100 relay team which posted a season-best time of 45.74.

    Finishing fifth overall and third among college competitiors in the shot put, UC Riverside junior Carl Nahigian (Lodi, Calif./St. Mary’s HS) secured Big West Men’s Field Athlete of the Week accolades.  He heaved the shot put a distance of 56 feet, 5.75 inches to finish behind a pair of BYU throwers.  Nahigian continues to lead the Big West in the event with a top mark that is one, eight inches better than his closest competitor.

    UC Davis junior Michaela Mundt (Paradise, Calif./Paradise HS) nearly established a career-best in the hammer throw at the Sacramento State Open, notching Big West Women’s Field Athlete of the Week honors.  Mundt, who finished fifth in the event, turned in a throw of 185-5. 
    She just missed her top mark of 185-10 that she set at the 2015 Big West Championships.  She is ranked No. 5 in the Big West in the event, and No. 51 in the West Region.

    Others nominated (Men’s Track):
    Cody Jordan (UC Riverside)

    Others nominated (Women’s Track): Rianna Goins (UC Davis); Jenna Hinkle (UC Santa Barbara)

    Others nominated (Men’s Field): Parker Curry (UC Santa Barbara)

    Others nominated (Women’s Field): None