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Popkins, Ramirez Earn Weekly Baseball Honors


A pair of sophomores claimed baseball awards as David Popkins of UC Davis hit .625 (15-for-24) over five games for Big West Field Player of the Week, while Cal State Fullerton's Noe Ramirez threw eight innings of four-hit shutout ball to capture Big West Pitcher of the Week.

Popkins Leads UC Davis To First Series Sweep In 2010
David Popkins (San Diego, Calif./Saint Augustine HS) paced the UC Davis offense in four victories, hitting an impressive .625 (15-for-24) to garner Big West Baseball Field Player of the Week accolades.

Popkins hit 200 points higher than the next Aggie batter as the Aggies recovered from a Tuesday loss at Nevada to win four straight. 

The sophomore led the Aggies to their first series sweep of the season, batting .786 (11-for-14) against UC Santa Barbara.  In Sunday’s 9-8 win in 10 innings, Popkins went 4-for-4 and blasted a pair of home runs en route to a five-RBI effort.  He also drew a bases loaded walk in the 10th inning to collect the game-winning RBI.

Popkins posted another four-hit performance in Saturday’s 11-6 win.  He scored twice and drove in the game-tying run in the fifth inning.  Early in the week, Popkins recorded triples in back-to-back games against Nevada and Santa Clara.  He leads the team in batting average (.387), runs (38), hits (67) and RBI (38).

Others nominated:  Luke Yoder (Cal Poly); Corey Jones (Cal State Fullerton); C.J. Belanger (Cal State Northridge);  Casey Stevenson (UC Irvine)

Ramirez Shuts Down Santa Clara For Eight Innings To Win Third Straight Start
Cal State Fullerton’s Noe Ramirez (East Los Angeles, Calif./Alhambra HS) claimed Big West Baseball Pitcher of the Week honors after combining for a four-hit shutout against non-conference opponent Santa Clara.

Ramirez tossed eight innings in the 8-0 victory against the Broncos.  He allowed just one hit in the last six innings, a two-out double in the seventh.  Ramirez threw just 93 pitches, 72 for strikes, and fanned 11 batters.

He faced just three men over the minimum before yielding to the bullpen in the ninth inning.  Ramirez won his third straight decision and lowered his ERA to 2.84.  He has not lost in his last nine starts, winning eight of them.

Others nominated:  Eugene Wright (Cal Poly); Billy Ott (Cal State Northridge); Andrew Gagnon (Long Beach State); Dayne Quist (UC Davis); Christian Bergman (UC Irvine)