Fernandez, Brown Capture Baseball Weekly Honors
Top performers Vince Fernandez and Tanner Brown captured the Big West Baseball Field Player and Pitcher of the Week honors, respectively.
Fernandez Drives In 10, Including Walk-Off Homer
UC Riverside junior Vince Fernandez (Livermore, Calif./Granada HS) played a role in half of his team’s total run production as the Big West Baseball Field Player of the Week.
Helping the Highlanders to a 3-2 record, Fernandez combined to score or drive in 17 of UCR’s 34 runs scored over the five games.
The outfielder extended his hitting streak to 14 games, starting the week going 2-for-4 with a double and pair of runs scored in a 6-5 win at Arizona. After walking three times and adding another hit in a 4-3 loss to the Wildcats, Fernandez proceeded to score four times and cash in 10 in a conference-opening series victory over UC Davis.
Fernandez provided the big blow in game two of the series, smashing a three-run walk-off home run for an 8-5 victory. He finished with two runs and five RBI against the Aggies.
In the series finale, he went 2-for-6 with two runs scored and four RBI in a 13-12 slugfest loss. In all, he hit .318 (7-for-22) with seven runs scored and 10 RBI. Fernandez hit 6 for 12 with runner on base, 4 for 7 with runners in scoring position and 3 for 3 with a runner on third and two outs.
Others nominated: Alex McKenna (Cal Poly); Dalton Blaser (Cal State Fullerton); Fred Smith (CSUN); Austin Bush (UC Santa Barbara); Matt Lococo (Hawai‘i)
Brown Shuts Down No. 11 UC Santa Barbara
Long Beach State senior Tanner Brown (Fountain Valley, Calif./Golden West JC) held UC Santa Barbara to two hits over eight innings for his longest outing of his season, earning Big West Baseball Pitcher of the Week accolades.
The right-hander faced just two batters over the minimum in the 2-0 victory over the 11th-ranked Gauchos. Brown needed just 91 pitches to eat up the eight innings, throwing 62 strikes. He did not walk a batter and struck out five as the No. 17 Dirtbags salvaged the final game of the series.
Brown faced some trouble in the fourth inning with a runner on third and one out, but proceeded to whiff the No. 3 and 4 hitters to escape damage. He improved to 4-1 on the year.
Others nominated: Connor Seabold (Cal State Fullerton); Angel Rodriguez (CSUN); Ryan Lillie (UC Davis); Noah Davis (UC Santa Barbara); Brendan Hornung (Hawai‘i)