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Contreras, Workman Collect Baseball Weekly Honors


Mark Contreras tied an NCAA single-game record, and Blake Workman tossed a career-high six shutout innings out of the bullpen in the selection of this week’s baseball awards.

Contreras Hits Three Triples In One Game

UC Riverside senior Mark Contreras (Moreno Valley, Calif./Canyon Springs HS) batted .556 and extended his hitting streak to 17 straight, earning Big West Baseball Field Player of the Week accolades.

Contreras had 10 hits in 18 at-bats to help the Highlanders post a 3-1 record, including a series win over UC Santa Barbara.  Five of those 10 hits went for extra bases, as the outfielder registered a 1.056 slugging percentage over the four games.

In a 7-4 win at San Diego State on Tuesday, Contreras tied an NCAA single-game record with three triples.  He finished 5-for-5 with a double, two runs and three RBI’s, including the game-winner.  He had an RBI triple in the first, an RBI double in the fifth and an RBI single in the sixth.  In addition, his 12 total bases represented the second most in UCR single-game history.

Contreras was 5-for-13 with three walks in the UC Santa Barbara series as the Highlanders took two out of three games.  He finished 1-for-4 with a run, two walks and his fourth triple of the week in Friday’s series-opening 8-7 win.

In game two, he drove in his second game-winning run of the week and finished 3-for-4 with three RBI’s in a 9-5 win.  He knocked in another run in Sunday’s 6-5 loss.

Overall, Contreras accounted for 10 of UC Riverside’s 29 runs, scoring three times and driving in seven more.

Others nominated: Taylor Bryant (Cal State Fullerton); Fred Smith (CSUN); Laine Huffman (Long Beach State); Keston Hiura (UC Irvine); Austin Bush (UC Santa Barbara); Josh Rojas (Hawai‘i)

Workman Brilliant Out of the ‘Pen

Cal State Fullerton sophomore Blake Workman (Ramona, Calif./Ramona HS) threw a career-high 6.0 innings of scoreless baseball in relief to garner the Big West Baseball Pitcher of the Week award.

With the score tied 2-2 against UC Irvine, Workman kept the Anteaters off the scoreboard from the seventh through 12th innings and allowed the Titans to eventually win in 14 on a wild pitch.

Workman allowed just two hits, walked two and struck out a career-high tying five for his longest stint as a Titan, eclipsing the 4.0 innings he hurled on two previous occasions earlier in the season.

The right-hander’s effort helped the Titans earn their 15th straight home win – the most by the program since 2009.

Others nominated:  Conner O’Neil (CSUN); Dave Smith (Long Beach State); Louis Raymond (UC Irvine); Angel Landazuri (UC Riverside)