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Schuknecht, McCaughan Earn Baseball Weekly Honors


John Schuknecht of Cal Poly and Darren McCaughan of Long Beach State put forth dominant performances to attain the Big West Baseball Field Player and Pitcher of the Week awards, respectively.

Schuknecht’s Grand Slam Punctuates Solid Week

Senior John Schuknecht (Palm Desert, Calif./Palm Desert HS) hit his second career grand slam and knocked in a career-high six runs to help Cal Poly clinch a series victory, earning Big West Baseball Field Player of the Week honors for the third time this season.

The right fielder, the 20th Mustang in the school’s 22-year Division I history to notch at six RBI in a game, drove in his first run of Sunday’s 17-5 win over UC Irvine with a first inning fielder’s choice.  He had a sac fly in the fourth inning for his second RBI, and then connected on the first pitch he saw in the fifth for the grand slam.

Schuknecht clubbed another homer in Saturday’s 11-2 loss.

In the series opener, he scored a pair of runs and drove in another as the Mustangs cruised to a 9-1 win over the Anteaters.

Overall, he scored six runs and had eight RBIs, accounting for 14 of Cal Poly’s 33 runs scored for the week.  He also went 2-for-3 with a double and run scored in a midweek game against Fresno State.

Schuknecht hit .429 (6-for-14) with a .526 on-base percentage and .929 slugging percentage for the week.

Others nominated: Timmy Richards (Cal State Fullerton); Branden Berry (CSUN); Brock Lundquist (Long Beach State); Tanner Bily (UC Davis); Vince Fernandez (UC Riverside); Ethan Lopez (Hawai‘i)

McCaughan Masterful In One-Hit Shutout

Long Beach State sophomore Darren McCaughan collected his second Big West Baseball Pitcher of the Week honor this season after firing a one-hit complete game shutout against San Jose State.

The right-hander allowed just two baserunners on the day, and never allowed a man to reach scoring position as the Dirtbags won 2-0.  He went the distance for the first time in his career.  Allowing a hit batsmen in the first and a single in the fifth, McCaughan was virtually untouched as he recorded seven 1-2-3 innings.

McCaughan registered the first one-hit shutout by a Dirtbags pitcher in over four years.  He improved to a 8-1 on the season with a 2.10 ERA and a sparkling 0.80 WHIP.

Others nominated: Justin Calomeni (Cal Poly); John Gavin (Cal State Fullerton); Conner O’Neil (CSUN); Justin Mullins (UC Davis); Austin Sodders (UC Riverside); Alex Hatch (Hawai‘i)