Orange County Rivals Pick Up Baseball Weekly Honors
Orange County rivals Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine had a representative from each squad earn this week’s baseball accolades.
Cardenas Leads Titan Offense
Cal State Fullerton freshman Ruben Cardenas (Saugus, Calif./Bishop Alemany HS) garnered his first career Big West Baseball Field Player of the Week award following an extra base hit barrage over four game.
Of his eight hits, six went for extra bases as Cardenas helped the Titans to a 3-1 week. The right fielder produced four doubles and two triples, hitting .500 (8-for-16) with a 1.000 slugging percentage.
Cardenas delivered a career-high four RBIs in Tuesday’s 10-7 non-conference win over UCLA. He had a bases-clearing three-run double that gave Fullerton a 10-3 lead and ultimately proved to be the game-winning runs.
After tripling in the opener at UC Irvine, Cardenas went 5-for-8 in the next two games as the Titans rallied back for the series victory. He clubbed a pair of run-scoring doubles in Saturday’s 6-4 win. His two-out two-bagger in the fifth provided the Titans a 6-1 cushion and again ended up being the game-winning RBI.
In Sunday’s 7-2 triumph, Cardenas knocked in his third game-winning RBI of the week. In a five-run third, Cardenas belted a two-run triple to right for a 3-0 Titan lead. He finished the game 3-for-5 with a double, triple and two RBI.
Cardenas had a role in more than half of CSF’s run total as he scored four runs and drove in eight. He had a 1.182 slugging percentage in the UC Irvine series. He also nabbed a runner at the plate in Saturday’s win, preserving a three-run lead for Fullerton.
Others nominated: Elias Orona (CSUN); Luke Rasmussen (Long Beach State); Cameron Olson (UC Davis); Cole Kreuter (UC Irvine); Michael Farris (UC Riverside); Austin Bush (UC Santa Barbara); Jacob Sheldon-Collins (Hawai‘i)
Surrey Shuts Down Fullerton Offense
UC Irvine senior Elliot Surrey (La Crescenta, Calif./Crescenta Valley HS) displayed dominant stuff in a complete game shutout as he secured Big West Baseball Pitcher of the Week recognition.
The southpaw was exceptional in a five-hitter against Cal State Fullerton. it was Surrey’s second career complete game shutout. He threw 118 pitches to subdue the Titans hitters, walking two and striking out seven as the Anteaters earned a 2-0 victory.
Surrey faced some difficulty in the third after allowing a leadoff triple. But a come-backer, foul out to the catcher and a strikeout quashed any idea of a Titan rally. Surrey yielded a two-out triple in the eighth, but again buckled down with a swinging strikeout to preserve the shutout.
It was a much needed win for Surrey, who had gone 0-3 with a no-decision in his previous four starts.
Others nominated: Colton Eastman (Cal State Fullerton); Conner O’Neil (CSUN); Darren McCaughan (Long Beach State); Spencer Henderson (UC Davis); Angel Landazuri (UC Riverside); Shane Bieber (UC Santa Barbara)