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Sheldon-Collins, McCaughan Notch Baseball Weekly Awards


Hawai‘i senior Jacob Sheldon-Collins and Long Beach State sophomore Darren McCaughan captured the baseball weekly honors following solid performances in conference play.

Sheldon-Collins Leads Road Sweep Of UC Davis

Hawai‘i senior Jacob Sheldon-Collins (Melbourne, Australia/Iowa Western CC) batted .533 in a conference road sweep of UC Davis to earn Big West Baseball Field Player of the Week honors.

The shortstop paced the ‘Bows offense with three runs scored and five RBI during the series, playing a role in eight of the 18 runs the team scored.

Sheldon-Collins tied career highs of four hits and three RBIs in the series opener, a 6-5 comeback victory.  He scored the winning run in the 10th inning after singling with one out, advancing two bases on an errant pickoff attempt and passed ball, and coming home on a sacrifice fly.  Sheldon-Collins drove in runs with RBI singles in the first, sixth and eighth frames.

He had another RBI in Sunday’s 5-0 win in game one of a doubleheader, then returned to go 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI in the 7-2 game two victory.

The two multiple-hit games were his 14th and 15th of the season.  Sheldon-Collins leads the Big West with a .412 average.

Others nominated: Kevin Morgan (Cal Poly); Branden Berry (CSUN); Daniel Jackson (Long Beach State); Cameron Olson (UC Davis); Grant Palmer (UC Irvine)

McCaughan Sets Career High For Strikeouts

Long Beach State sophomore Darren McCaughan (Downey, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) tallied a career-high 10 strikeouts over seven shutout innings versus CSUN to collect the Big West Baseball Pitcher of the Week award.

The right-hander set the tone early as he struck out six Matadors the first time through the order, at one point retiring four straight via the whiff.

McCaughan scattered three hits and walked just one during his 108-pitch outing.  He allowed only one runner to reach second base, resulting after the leadoff batter in the seventh reached via error and moved up 90 feet on a ground out.

He lowered his ERA to 1.54 and improved to 5-1 on the year with his seventh quality start in eight trips to the mound.  He also sports a WHIP of 0.79 this season.

Others nominated: Erich Uelmen (Cal Poly); Ray Diaz (CSUN); Elliot Surrey (UC Irvine); Austin Sodders (UC Riverside); Kyle Von Ruden (Hawai‘i)