Sophomores Seize Weekly Baseball Awards
Josh Adams and Kenny Rosenberg excelled above the rest to capture this week’s baseball honors.
Adams Posts RBI In Four Straight
UC Santa Barbara sophomore Josh Adams (Elk Grove, Calif./Pleasant Grove HS) drove in at least one run in four straight games to garner Big West Baseball Field Player of the Week accolades.
The designated hitter hit .417 (5-for-12) with five runs scored and six RBI to lead the Gauchos to a 3-1 record, including a series victory over USC. He finished 1-for-3 with a pair of walks and two RBI.
In a 5-2 triumph over USC in game two, Adams roped a 1-2 pitcher down the left-field line for a game-tying two-run double in the fourth inning. UCSB extended its winning streak to nine straight, matching the 2014 and 2004 teams for the longest win streak for the program since 1990 (11 games).
Adams also had an RBI in the series finale.
He started the week for a 3-for-3 performance against CSU Bakersfield in a 10-4 victory. Adams scored four times and drove in a run as he doubled twice and walked.
Others nominated: John Schuknecht (Cal Poly); Branden Berry (CSUN); Colby Schultz (UC Riverside); Jacob Sheldon-Collins (Hawai‘i)
Rosenberg Goes The Distance In Victory
Earning his second Big West Baseball Pitcher of the Week honor this season, CSUN sophomore Kenny Rosenberg (Mill Valley, Calif./Tamalpais HS) threw his first career complete game.
The southpaw yielded just four hits and one run in his nine innings of work as the Matadors came away with a 2-1 victory at Portland. He did not walk a batter and struck out nine Pilots.
Rosenberg sat down 15 consecutive Portland batters during the game, and retired 22 of the final 25 batters he faced. Rosenberg has lasted at least six innings in five of his six starts this season, and has fanned 50 hitters over his last 36.2 innings on the mound.
Others nominated: Spencer Howard (Cal Poly); Robert Garcia (UC Davis); Shane Bieber (UC Santa Barbara); Kyle Von Ruden (Hawai‘i)