Pluschkell, Baayoun Earn First Career Baseball Weekly Accolades
Brad Pluschkell of UC Davis and Zak Baayoun of Long Beach State were named Big West Baseball Field Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for the first time in their careers.
BRAD PLUSCHKELL, UC DAVIS – FIELD PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior • SS • Pleasanton, Calif. • Amador Valley HS
➜ UC Davis senior Brad Pluschkell earned his first career Big West Baseball Field Player of the Week award after hitting .833 (10-for-12) in a road series victory against CSU Bakersfield.
➜ The shortstop recorded all 10 of his hits in his first 10 at-bats of the series before grounding out and lining out in his final two appearances.
➜ Pluschkell went 4-for-4 with two runs scored in an 8-1 season-opening victory over the ‘Runners.
➜ He followed up with a second straight 4-for-4 performance, scoring once in a 15-1 rout in game two of the series.
➜ In a 14-7 loss in the series finale, Pluschkell recorded his lone extra base hit of the series – a double – and finished the series with an .846 on-base percentage and .917 slugging percentage.
Others nominated: Albee Weiss (CSUN); Laine Huffman (Long Beach State); Connor Cannon (UC Riverside); Adam Fogel (Hawai‘i)
ZAK BAAYOUN, LONG BEACH STATE – PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore • LHP • Irvine, Calif. • Woodbridge HS
➜ Long Beach State sophomore Zak Baayoun notched his first career Big West Baseball Pitcher of the Week award as he dazzled in his first career start against Saint Mary’s.
➜ The southpaw tossed 7.0 innings with 12 strikeouts in a 4-1 opening day victory. Baayoun surrendered a solo home run in the second inning but allowed only three Gael baserunners after that. He scattered four hits and walked just two.
➜ His 12 strikeouts are the most for a Dirtbags pitcher in a season opener in at least 20 years.
➜ Baayoun’s effort contributed to a 17 strikeout effort by the pitching staff, the most in a single game since 2008.
Others nominated: Hayden Shenefield (CSUN); Andre Pallante (UC Irvine); Cole Percival (UC Riverside); Jackson Rees (Hawai‘i)