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    Baseball


    Meyer, Andrews Tabbed Baseball Weekly Honorees


    5/21/2018

    A five-hit performance from Nick Meyer and another shutdown performance from Clayton Andrews led to their selections as this week's baseball award winners.

    NICK MEYER, CAL POLY – FIELD PLAYER OF THE WEEK
    Junior • C • Mission Viejo, Calif. • Santa Margarita Catholic HS

    ➜ Junior Nick Meyer spearheaded a Cal Poly offensive attack that produced four wins, including a sweep of Central Coast rival UC Santa Barbara, that earned him his first Big West Baseball Field Player of the Week award.

    ➜ The catcher extended his hitting streak to 16 games with at least one hit in every contest.

    ➜ Meyer opened the week with a 5-for-6 effort against Pepperdine in a 15-6 victory.  All five hits were singles.  It was the first five-hit game by a Mustang in five years, as Denver Chavez had last accomplished the feat on April 7, 2013 versus UC Santa Barbara.

    ➜ Meyer then went 4-for-11 in the UCSB series as the Mustangs stretched their winning streak against the Gauchos to nine games.

    ➜ He produced the game-winning hit in Saturday’s 4-2 win with a two-run double in the eighth inning, turning a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead.

    ➜ On Sunday, Meyer finished 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored as Cal Poly took a 9-3 decision.

    ➜ For the week, Meyer hit .529 (9-for-17) with five runs scored and three RBIs.  He slugged .706 over the four games.

    Others nominated: Hank LoForte (Cal State Fullerton); Riley Conlan (CSUN); Ryan Anderson (UC Davis); Johnny Weeks (Hawai‘i)

    CLAYTON ANDREWS, LONG BEACH STATE – PITCHER OF THE WEEK
    Junior • LHP • Rohnert Park, Calif. • Cabrillo College

    ➜ Long Beach State junior Clayton Andrews delivered another masterful performance against a conference opponent, throwing seven innings of one-hit ball to collect his third straight Big West Baseball Pitcher of the Week citation.

    ➜ The southpaw is the first to claim three straight pitcher awards since Cal State Fullerton’s Adam Johnson accomplished the feat in May of 2000.

    ➜ It is also the fourth Pitcher of the Week honor for Andrews this season.  The last thrower to earn four awards in one season was Noe Ramirez of Cal State Fullerton in 2010.

    ➜ Andrews had a no-hitter going through six innings against Hawai‘i before surrendering a leadoff single to Adam Fogel in the seventh.  He fanned the next two Rainbow Warrior hitters – his sixth and seventh of the game – and induced a fly out complete his seven frames of shutout ball in the 8-0 victory.

    ➜ Andrews, who had more hits (2) at the plate than he allowed (1) to UH, lowered his ERA in Big West games to a conference-best 1.31.  He also leads all pitchers with 60 strikeouts in Big West play.

    ➜ Making his case for Pitcher of the Year honors, Andrews has allowed just one run over the last 29.0 innings for a 0.31 ERA.  Over that span, he also has walked just four and fanned 37.

    Others nominated: Taylor Dollard (Cal Poly); Blake Workman (Cal State Fullerton); Tei Vanderford (CSUN); Taylor Rashi (UC Irvine); Dylan Thomas (Hawai‘i)

    Baseball


    Filia, Andrews Named Baseball Players of the Week


    5/14/2018

    Mikey Filia of UC Irvine and Clayton Andrews of Long Beach State nabbed this week's baseball honors as both helped their teams to conference series victories.

    MIKEY FILIA, UC IRVINE – FIELD PLAYER OF THE WEEK

    Sophomore • OF • Irvine, Calif. • Irvine HS

    ➜ UC Irvine sophomore Mikey Filia capitalized on his recent insertion into the lineup, hitting .538 in a series victory over Cal Poly for his first career Big West Baseball Field Player of the Week award.

    ➜ The center fielder notched seven hits in 13 at-bats to lead the Anteater offense, which doubled his hit total for the season.

    ➜ Filia collected a career-high four hits in Friday’s 3-1 win.  He scored a pair of runs in addition to his 4-for-4 night at the plate.

    ➜ He went 1-for-4 with an RBI in Saturday’s 4-3 loss to the Mustangs.

    ➜ On Sunday, Filia produced his second multi-hit performance of the series, finishing 2-for-5 with a run scored and a stolen base in the 4-1 victory.  Filia hit leadoff for the first time in that game.

    ➜ Filia had an impressive outfield assist in the Friday win as he threw out Alex McKenna at the plate to preserve a one-run edge.

    Others nominated: Kyle Marinconz (Cal Poly); Hank LoForte (Cal State Fullerton); Kevin Riley (CSUN); Jarren Duran (Long Beach State); Dylan Orick (UC Riverside); Ethan Lopez (Hawai‘i)

    CLAYTON ANDREWS, LONG BEACH STATE – PITCHER OF THE WEEK
    Junior • LHP • Rohnert Park, Calif. • Cabrillo College

    ➜ Long Beach State junior Clayton Andrews earned his second straight and third overall Big West Baseball Pitcher of the Week award with another dominating performance.

    ➜ The southpaw hurled seven scoreless innings in a 12-0 win against UC Santa Barbara and lowered his ERA to 2.37.

    ➜ Andrews struck out eight and did not walk a batter while allowing only five Gaucho baserunners and no extra-base hits.

    ➜ Andrews has fanned eight or more hitters in six of his last seven starts.  His strikeout of Andrew Martinez in the sixth inning gave him 100 for the season.

    ➜ Over his last three starts, Andrews has allowed just one run in 22 innings (0.41 ERA) with 30 strikeouts in that span. 

    ➜ He has walked just one batter over the last 33 innings spanning his last five starts.

    Others nominated: Taylor Dollard (Cal Poly); Colton Eastman (Cal State Fullerton); Hayden Shenefield (CSUN); Jordan Bocko (UC Irvine); Trenton Toplikar (UC Riverside); Dylan Thomas (Hawai‘i)

    Softball


    Lombardi, Parks Excel For NCAA Tournament Bound Squads


    5/14/2018

    Julia Lombardi homered twice and Trish Parks tossed 12.0 scoreless innings as this week’s softball honorees.

    JULIA LOMBARDI, LONG BEACH STATE – FIELD PLAYER OF THE WEEK

    Senior • OF • Stevenson Ranch, Calif. • West Ranch HS

    ➜ Long Beach State senior Julia Lombardi posted her second career Big West Softball Field Player of the Week award – and first since 2016 – as she was instrumental in a series victory over CSUN to close out the regular season.

    ➜ Lombardi batted .556 (5-for-9) with three runs scored and five RBIs to help the Beach take two of three games from the Matadors.

    ➜ The outfielder homered twice in the series for her fourth and fifth jacks of the year.

    ➜ Lombardi’s two-run bomb in game one proved the difference in the 7-6 win.  She finished the contest 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a walk

    ➜ She posted her second two-hit effort in a 9-1, five-inning victory in game two.  She had a pair of RBI singles to contribute to the run-rule rout. 

    ➜ Lombardi tied the game in the sixth inning of the series finale with her second home run of the series.

    ➜ She finished the week with a .600 on-base percentage and 1.222 slugging percentage.

    Others nominated: Deshea Hill (Cal State Fullerton); Savannah Horvath (CSUN); Isabella Leon (UC Davis); Jenae Lockwood (UC Riverside); Sierra Altmeyer (UC Santa Barbara); Danielle Garcielita (Hawai‘i)

    TRISH PARKS, CAL STATE FULLERTON – PITCHER OF THE WEEK
    Junior • RHP • Chino Hills, Calif. • Arizona

    ➜ Cal State Fullerton junior Trish Parks threw 12.0 scoreless innings over three appearances against UC Riverside to capture her first career Big West Softball Pitcher of the Week award.

    ➜ The right-hander was the winning pitcher in Saturday’s 8-0, five-inning win that clinched the Big West regular season championship for the Titans.

    ➜ Parks threw a two-hit shutout – her third of the year – against the Highlanders.  She walked one and struck out seven.  She allowed only three baserunners in the game.

    ➜ She came on in relief in the regular season finale, tossing 6.1 scoreless innings in a 2-1, eight-inning win.  Parks scattered three hits in collecting her 10th win of the season.

    ➜ Parks made a brief appearance in a 4-2 loss in game one.  She retired both hitters she faced in her 0.2 innings of work.

    Others nominated: Dakota Casper (Cal Poly); Jillian James (CSUN); Katie Kibby (UC Davis); Hailey Dolcini (UC Riverside); Veronika Gulvin (UC Santa Barbara)

    Track & Field


    Cal State Fullerton Takes Final Weekly Honors Of Season


    5/8/2018

    Cal State Fullerton notched the final Big West Track and Field Athlete of the Week awards for 2018 for their performances at the Titan Twilight.

    Sophomore Sam Schubert (Felton, Calif./San Lorenzo Valley HS) earned a victory in the 110 meter hurdles for Big West Men’s Track Athlete of the Week.  He notched a personal-best time of 14.41, which was the No. 7 time in the Big West this season.  He also competed in the 200 meters, placing 10th with a time of 22.86.

    Senior Tyler Hardge (Colton, Calif./Summit HS) secured Big West Women’s Track Athlete of the Week accolades as she clocked a season-best time of 61.89 in the 400 meter hurdles.  She finished second in the race.  Her time was the ninth-fastest in the Big West this year.

    Junior Corey Gilbert (Pittsburg, Calif./Diablo Valley HS) broke a 44-year old school record in the discus back in March when he threw the discus 178 feet, 8 inches (54.45m).  In the tuneup to the Big West Championships, Gilbert improved upon that mark with a heave of 184 feet even (56.09m) to finish second at the Titan Twilight and earn Big West Men’s Field Athlete of the Week honors.  That distance is good enough for No. 2 on the Big West top marks list and ranks No. 17 in the NCAA West Region.

    Junior Alysse McMillen (Reno, Nev./Reno HS) won the pole vault and earned the nod as Big West Women’s Field Athlete oft the Week.  McMillen posted a personal-best clearance of 12-09.50 (3.90m), the No. 3 mark in the Big West this year and one that will put her in medal contention at this week’s conference championships.

    Baseball


    Dirtbags Deliver in Series Sweep


    5/7/2018

    Long Beach State teammates Leonard Jones and Clayton Andrews led their squad to its first series sweep of the season utilizing career-best performances, leading to their selections as the Big West Baseball Field Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively.

    LEONARD JONES, LONG BEACH STATE – FIELD PLAYER OF THE WEEK
    Freshman • 1B • Chula Vista, Calif. • Eastlake HS

    ➜ Long Beach State freshman Leonard Jones went on a hitting tear in the team’s first series sweep of the season, as he was tabbed Big West Baseball Field Player of the Week for the first time in his career.

    ➜ The first baseman scorched UC Riverside pitching, hitting .571 (8-for-14) with two doubles and a home run.  He slugged .929 for the week.

    ➜ Jones played a role in 11 of LBSU’s 19 runs scored in the series as the Dirtbags outscored the Highlanders 19-9.  He scored three runs and collected eight RBI.

    ➜ Jones posted multiple hits and multiple RBIs in all three games.

    ➜ On Friday, he established a career high with three RBI in a 6-2 victory.  Jones had an RBI double in the first, and added RBI singles in the third and seventh to finish 3-for-5 at the plate.

    ➜ Jones matched his career best with another 3-hit effort in Saturday’s 8-3 win.  He had a team-leading two RBIs and added a run scored.

    ➜ His bat was most impactful in Sunday’s 5-4 triumph that clinched the series sweep.  He blasted his first career home run – a three-run shot in the first inning to give the Dirtbags early momentum.  Jones later would double and score.

    ➜ Jones has multiple hits in six of the last seven games and leads LBSU in hitting with a .323 average.

    Others nominated: Daniel Cope (Cal State Fullerton); Albee Weiss (CSUN); Connor Cannon (UC Riverside); Maaki Yamazaki (Hawai‘i)

    CLAYTON ANDREWS, LONG BEACH STATE – PITCHER OF THE WEEK

    Junior • LHP • Rohnert Park, Calif. • Cabrillo College

    ➜ Long Beach State junior Clayton Andrews notched his second Big West Baseball Pitcher of the Week award as he struck out a career-high 13 batters in a win at UC Riverside.

    ➜ The left hander had another commanding performance, going at least seven innings for the sixth time in 12 starts.  He pitched 8.0 innings, scattering five hits and allowing just one run.

    ➜ Andrews did not walk a batter, and he has issued just one free pass over his last four starts – spanning the last 26.0 innings.

    ➜ In allowing the Highlanders to reach base only five times all game, Andrews equalled that mark with his own offensive effort.  He matched a career high with four hits, and reached base safely in his first five trips to the plate.

    ➜ Andrews now has 92 strikeouts in just 76.2 innings pitched this season, and he lowered his ERA to 2.58.

    Others nominated:
    Trent Shelton (Cal Poly); Andrew Quezada (Cal State Fullerton); Walker Armstrong (CSUN); Andre Pallante (UC Irvine); Stevie Ledesma (UC Santa Barbara)

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