Pinkston, Bieber Outshine The Competition
Three straight three-hit games and a complete game four-hitter sealed the deal for this week’s baseball award winners.
Pinkston Leads Titan Offense In Conference Sweep
Cal State Fullerton senior Tanner Pinkston (Dublin, Calif./Dougherty Valley HS) collected three straight three-hit games in a series sweep over UC Davis, which earned him Big West Baseball Field Player of the Week accolades.
The first baseman hit .643 (9-for-14) with four runs scored and five RBIs for the weekend as the Titans improved to 7-2 in Big West play. He posted a slugging percentage of .929 with a double and home run on his ledger.
Pinkston opened the series going 3-for-4 with a run and three RBIs in CSF’s 10-0 victory. He had the game-winning RBI with a first inning sacrifice fly.
Pinkston clubbed his second home run of the season, a solo shot to right that tied the game at 1-1 in Saturday’s middle game. He finished at 3-for-4 in an eventual 3-2 triumph.
Polishing off Sunday’s sweep with a 13-3 win, Pinkston had an RBI double, scored twice and also recorded a stolen base as he reached base for his team-leading 14th straight game.
Others nominated: Kyle Marinconz (Cal Poly); Fred Smith (CSUN); David Banuelos (Long Beach State); Vince Fernandez (UC Riverside); Andrew Calica (UC Santa Barbara); Matt LoCoco (Hawai‘i)
Bieber Masterful In Complete Game Shutout
UC Santa Barbara junior Shane Bieber (Laguna Hills, Calif./Laguna Hills HS) tossed the second shutout of his collegiate career to garner Big West Baseball Pitcher of the Week honors.
The right-hander made a first inning run hold up as he scattered four hits, walked just one and struck out seven in a tidy 1-0 victory.
Bieber improved to 7-1 on the year in the complete game effort, and he required just 100 pitches to do so. He retired 15 of the first 16 batters he faced. Showing adept control, he did not reach a three ball count to any Matador batter until the ninth inning on an “unintentional intentional walk.”
In the seventh and ninth innings, Bieber encountered a runner at third and less than two outs, but wiggled out of the jams to preserve the shutout win in an efficient two hours and 15 minutes.
Others nominated: Jarred Zill (Cal Poly); Connor Seabold (Cal State Fullerton); Andrew Weston (CSUN); Chris Mathewson (Long Beach State); Alonzo Garcia (UC Irvine); Keaton Leach (UC Riverside); Brendan Hornung (Hawai‘i)