Hurst, Smith Earn Baseball Weekly Honors
Scott Hurst tied the Big West single-game home run record, and Dave Smith threw the longest stint of his career as this week’s baseball honorees.
Hurst Hits Four Homers In One Game
Cal State Fullerton junior Scott Hurst (Glendora, Calif./Bishop Amat HS) earned Big West Baseball Field Player of the Week accolades as he tied both school and conference single-game records with four home runs against CSUN.
The outfielder had a 5-for-5 day at the plate, setting career highs in RBI (7) and runs scored (6) as the Titans enjoyed a 16-7 victory. With his four homers, Hurst tied the school record by Sam Favata, who initially set the mark of April 23, 1980 against La Verne. Hurst also joined UNLV’s Gus Kennedy (1994) as the only two Big West players to hit four homers in a game.
Hurst led off Saturday’s game connecting on a 3-2 pitch and launching it over the right field fence with a solo shot and a 1-0 lead. He blasted another homer to right in the third to extend the Titan advantage to 3-0. After doubling and walking in his next two at-bats, Hurst punctuated a four-run uprising in the seventh with a three-run opposite field jack on another 3-2 count.
At that point, the Titans weren’t done and neither was Hurst. After the Matadors got seven runs back over their next two at-bats, Hurst provided one more highlight as he slammed a towering solo shot over the right field scoreboard for CSF’s 14th run in the ninth.
Hurst joins Louisville’s Brendan McKay as the only two players to hit four homers in a game this season. Hurst’s seven RBI fell one short of the school record of eight by David Olmedo-Barrera on April 4, 2015.
He had at least one hit in each of the three other games on the week, including a 3-for-4 performance with one run scored on Tuesday against Saint Mary’s. He hit .556 (10-for-18) with eight runs scored and seven RBI – the four homers and one double helping him post a 1.278 slugging percentage.
Others nominated: Kyle Marinconz (Cal Poly); Justin Toerner (CSUN); Mason Novak (UC Davis)
Smith Helps Long Beach State Clinch Big West Title
Adding to the celebration of Senior Day, Long Beach State senior Dave Smith (Elk Grove, Calif./Cosumnes River JC) threw a career-best 8.0 innings in a title-clinching victory, leading to his selection as Big West Baseball Pitcher of the Week.
The right-hander allowed just six hits and one run to help the Dirtbags to a 2-1 victory over Hawai‘i and a three-game sweep. The win on Sunday, coupled with Cal State Fullerton’s loss to CSUN, enabled the Dirtbags to capture their first Big West title since 2008, and their first outright crown since 2003.
Smith showcased his typical command as he did not walk a batter for the seventh time in 10 starts this year. He also struck out two batters. He stranded five runners and the only blemish was a solo homer by Adam Fogel in the seventh inning. LBSU earned its ninth Big West championship, and the first under head coach Troy Buckley.
Smith improved to 8-1 on the year and lowered his conference-best ERA to 1.70.
Others nominated: Spencer Howard (Cal Poly); Connor Seabold (Cal State Fullerton); Tei Vanderford (CSUN); Justin Mullins (UC Davis)