Fogel, Nelson Capture Baseball Weekly Honors
Adam Fogel keyed a four-game series sweep of San Jose State, while Kyle Nelson shut down a high-powered New Mexico State offense in receiving this week’s baseball awards.
Fogel Wears Out San Jose State Pitching
Freshman Adam Fogel (Palos Verdes, Calif./Palos Verdes HS) hit .750 in Hawaii’s series sweep of San Jose State, notching Big West Baseball Field Player of the Week honors.
The Rainbow Warriors outscored the Spartans 33-14 in the four wins, with Fogel accounting for more than a third of the total offense. The left fielder/first baseman scored four times and had eight RBI. In addition to going 9-for-12 at the plate, he walked twice and got hit by the pitch two times to finish the weekend with a .722 on-base percentage.
Fogel also rapped out a pair of doubles and slammed his first career home run as he posted a 1.167 slugging percentage. He swiped two bases and was perfect in the field on all 17 chances.
He went 3-for-4 with a doubles and two runs scored in the series-opening 6-2 victory. In the second game of the series, his 2-run single put UH ahead in the fourth, in an eventual 8-7 win. Fogel was a perfect 3-for-3 with a double and three RBI.
Fogel drove in the game-winner in the game three 5-4 win, and then unloaded a two-run shot in Sunday’s 14-1 series finale He finished 2-for-2 with three more RBI – his third multiple-game RBI effort in the series.
Others nominated: Timmy Richards (Cal State Fullerton); Kevin Riley (CSUN); Lucas Tancas (Long Beach State); Josh Adams (UC Santa Barbara)
Nelson Stymies New Mexico State Offense
Shutting down one of the most potent offensive clubs in the country, UC Santa Barbara junior Kyle Nelson (San Francisco, Calif./Galileo HS) earned Big West Baseball Pitcher of the Week accolades.
New Mexico State, entering the series with a .323 team batting average, managed just three singles against the left-handed Nelson, who tossed 8.1 innings of shutout ball in an 8-0 victory. Nelson fanned a career-high eight Aggies and walked just two as he lowered his ERA by more than a run, from 4.62 to 3.48.
In addition to not allowing a runner past first base, Nelson, a converted closer, reached the 100-pitch plateau for the second consecutive weekend while pitching into the ninth for the first time ever. He struck out the side in the fifth inning, getting New Mexico State’s 6-7-8 hitters to whiff on sliders.
Others nominated: John Gavin (Cal State Fullerton); Justin Toerner (CSUN); Dave Smith (Long Beach State); Dominic DeMiero (Hawai‘i)