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Fogel, Nelson Capture Baseball Weekly Honors
Adam Fogel keyed a four-game series sweep of San Jose State, while Kyle Nelson shut down a high-powered New Mexico State offense in receiving this week’s baseball awards.
Fogel Wears Out San Jose State Pitching
Freshman Adam Fogel (Palos Verdes, Calif./Palos Verdes HS) hit .750 in Hawaii’s series sweep of San Jose State, notching Big West Baseball Field Player of the Week honors.
The Rainbow Warriors outscored the Spartans 33-14 in the four wins, with Fogel accounting for more than a third of the total offense. The left fielder/first baseman scored four times and had eight RBI. In addition to going 9-for-12 at the plate, he walked twice and got hit by the pitch two times to finish the weekend with a .722 on-base percentage.
Fogel also rapped out a pair of doubles and slammed his first career home run as he posted a 1.167 slugging percentage. He swiped two bases and was perfect in the field on all 17 chances.
He went 3-for-4 with a doubles and two runs scored in the series-opening 6-2 victory. In the second game of the series, his 2-run single put UH ahead in the fourth, in an eventual 8-7 win. Fogel was a perfect 3-for-3 with a double and three RBI.
Fogel drove in the game-winner in the game three 5-4 win, and then unloaded a two-run shot in Sunday’s 14-1 series finale He finished 2-for-2 with three more RBI – his third multiple-game RBI effort in the series.
Others nominated: Timmy Richards (Cal State Fullerton); Kevin Riley (CSUN); Lucas Tancas (Long Beach State); Josh Adams (UC Santa Barbara)
Nelson Stymies New Mexico State Offense
Shutting down one of the most potent offensive clubs in the country, UC Santa Barbara junior Kyle Nelson (San Francisco, Calif./Galileo HS) earned Big West Baseball Pitcher of the Week accolades.
New Mexico State, entering the series with a .323 team batting average, managed just three singles against the left-handed Nelson, who tossed 8.1 innings of shutout ball in an 8-0 victory. Nelson fanned a career-high eight Aggies and walked just two as he lowered his ERA by more than a run, from 4.62 to 3.48.
In addition to not allowing a runner past first base, Nelson, a converted closer, reached the 100-pitch plateau for the second consecutive weekend while pitching into the ninth for the first time ever. He struck out the side in the fifth inning, getting New Mexico State’s 6-7-8 hitters to whiff on sliders.
Others nominated: John Gavin (Cal State Fullerton); Justin Toerner (CSUN); Dave Smith (Long Beach State); Dominic DeMiero (Hawai‘i)
Kliebenstein, Rivera Earn Softball Weekly Honors
Tara Kliebenstein was the centerpiece of a CSUN offensive explosion, while Cerissa Rivera established a career high in strikeouts in a Cal State Fullerton win.
Kliebenstein’s Power Helps Matadors To Doubleheader Sweeps
CSUN senior Tara Kliebenstein (Oceanside, Calif./El Camino HS) helped her squad outscore the opposition 44-11 in four wins, as she collected Big West Softball Field Player of the Week accolades.
The second baseman scored five runs and drove in six more while batting .600 (6-for-10) to help the Matadors sweep Murray State and CSU Bakersfield in consecutive doubleheaders. She also homered twice and added a triple in posting a mammoth 1.400 slugging percentage for the week.
Kliebenstein had at least one run scored and one hit in all four games. She recorded her second three-bagger of the year in the game two, 11-0 win over the Racers, finishing with a run scored and two RBIs.
She homered in both games at CSUB as the Matadors won by a combined margin of 19-4. She went 2-for-2 with a career high-tying three RBIs in the 10-2 victory. In a 9-2 triumph, she hit a solo shot, her fourth of the year.
For the year, Kliebenstein is batting .324 and has set new career highs for runs scored (24), homers, RBIs (14) and stolen bases (3). She has helped CSUN win 18 of its last 21 contests.
Others nominated: Crimson Kaiser (Cal Poly); Lexi Gonzalez (Cal State Fullerton); Jenna Curtan (UC Riverside); Alyssa Diaz (UC Santa Barbara)
Rivera Sets Career High With 11 Strikeouts In Win
Cal State Fullerton senior Cerissa Rivera (Westminster, Calif./Monmouth) established a career high with 11 strikeouts in a shutout victory over Loyola Marymount to earn Big West Softball Pitcher of the Week kudos.
The right-hander, making just her second start of the season, scattered three hits and walked two in the 3-0 triumph.
Rivera allowed singles in the third, fifth and sixth innings but that was all the offense the Lions could muster. She ran into trouble in just one frame – the third – when she allowed a single and a walk to put runners at first and second. That was the only point in the game where Loyola Marymount managed to get a runner to second base. However, Rivera coaxed a groundout to end any scoring threat.
Others nominated: Sierra Hyland (Cal Poly); Taylor Troost (CSUN); Tayler Misfeldt (UC Riverside)
Women's Beach Volleyball
After Perfect Week, Martin, Tucker (UH) Earn Weekly Honor
Hawaii’s top flight pair in Morgan Martin and Mikayla Tucker went undefeated on the week to earn the Big West Pairs Team of the Week Award.
Freshman Morgan Martin (Mission Viejo, Calif./Capistrano Valley HS) and senior Mikayla Tucker (Placerville, Calif./Fresno Pacific) helped the Rainbow Wahine to a perfect week after an unblemished 4-0 mark at the No. 1 flight.
The tandem dominated its competition, winning all four matches in straight sets in Irvine, Calif to help the SandBows capture the Shave Ice Invitational. The highlight of the day came when Martin and Tucker defeated the Cardinal’s No. 1 pair 21-19, 21-19 as UH moved to 15-2 on the season. After taking down Irvine Valley College, TCU and Stanford at the Invitational, the pair has won nine of their last 11 matches with their only losses coming at the hands of All-Americans McKenna and Madison Witt (Arizona) and Sara Hughes and Kelly Claes of No. 1 USC.
This is Hawaii’s third award of 2017 and the first for the duo.
Other’s nominated: Adlee Van Winden/Taylor Nelson (CP), Rachel Nieto/Nele Barber (LBSU)
Women's Water Polo
Virgil Helps UC Davis To Win In Conference Opener
UC Davis junior Paige Virgil (Murrieta, Calif./Murrieta Valley HS) notched a hat trick to help the Aggies upend CSUN in the conference opener for both teams, leading to her second selection this year as the Big West Women’s Water Polo Player of the Week.
Virgil earned her first award on Feb. 15 after scoring a career-high seven goals against No. 14 Long Beach State.
It was Virgil’s first hat trick of the year that led the Aggies to the 13-10 win over the No. 21 Matadors. Virgil added a career-high three assists and one drawn exclusion.
Virgil scored two goals in the team’s comeback third quarter, which erased what was a 6-4 deficit.
The Aggies have won five straight and 10 of their last 12 contests.
Others nominated: Shannon Hovanesian (CSUN); Christina Kotsia (Long Beach State); Mary Brooks (UC Irvine); Carla Abellan (Hawai‘i)
Bridge, Gerard Earn Tennis Weekly Awards
Cooper Bridge won four times in singles, while Julie Gerard helped her squad extend its winning streak to six straight as this week's Big West Tennis Athlete of the Week recipients.
Bridge Wins Trio Of Three-Setters
UC Riverside senior Cooper Bridge (Seal Beach, Calif./San Joaquin HS) posted four wins in singles to help the Highlanders to a 3-3 mark, earning Big West Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week honors.
Bridge won a trio of three-set matches in a busy week of action. He overcame a first-set loss to Bucknell’s Daniel Wright to win 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 as UCR topped the Bison, 6-1.
He outlasted Gonzaga’s Ruadhan O’Sullivan, 6-4, 1-6, 10-4 in a narrow 4-3 defeat to the Bulldogs. On a road trip to the state of Arizona, Bridge knocked off Arizona Christian’s Alberto Lapiedra, 7-5, 7-5, and outdueled Southern Utah’s Conor Tordoff, 6-0, 4-6, 6-3.
Bridge also finished 2-4 at No. 2 doubles with three diffferent partners. He is now 10-8 on the year in singles.
Others nominated: Garrett Auproux (Cal Poly); Mason Hansen (UC Irvine)
Gerard Goes Undefeated In Singles, Doubles
Long Beach State senior Julie Gerard (Hem, France) went undefeated in singles and doubles to capture Big West Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week accolades.
Gerard helped push the Beach’s win streak to six straight as the team toppled UT Arlington (4-3) and Yale (6-1) at home.
She battled UT Arlington’s Agustina Serio and emerged a 7-6 (6), 6-4 winner at No. 2 singles. She had an easier time with Yale’s Amy Yang, winning 6-1, 6-4. With doubles partner Maeva Razakasoa, Gerard won twice, including a 6-0 rout of Yale at the No. 1 slot.
Others nominated: Karla Portalatin (Cal State Fullerton); Mickey Hsu (CSUN); Cassidy Branstine (UC Irvine); Melissa Baker (UC Santa Barbara)