Trio Of Individual Standouts Awarded Weekly Honors
UC Davis' Scott Heylman nabbed Big West Field Player of the Week honors, while Cal State Northridge's Josh Goossen-Brown and Cal State Fullerton's Noe Ramirez shared Big West Pitcher of the Week accolades, for the week ending April 10.
Heylman drove the UC Davis offense during four road games, leading the Aggies to their first conference wins of the 2011 season. In the Aggies' midweek nonconference contests against Nevada, the San Diego, Calif., native went two-for-three with one run scored. Against Long Beach State on Friday, Heylman nearly tied a single-game UC Davis record with six RBI and was a home run away from hitting for the cycle. His two-RBI double in the third proved to be the game-winning RBI as UC Davis took a 2-1 lead that they never relinquished in the 8-1 win.
The following day the junior outfielder was nearly perfect at the plate, hitting 4-for-5 with three runs. He scored in the third inning, giving UC Davis a 2-1 lead which the Aggies would continue to pad and ultimately defeat the 49ers 11-1. For the week, Heylman posted a .562 batting average and .875 slugging percentage while scoring four runs and seven RBI.
Goossen-Brown won his first start of the season at UNLV on Tuesday. In the mid-week game, Goossen-Brown pitched 5.0 innings and struckout five. He scattered six hits as the Matadors won the game 9-3 to snap a four-game losing streak. On Sunday, the Sherman Oaks, Calif., native took the mound against the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners and threw 8.1 innings, scattering eight hits and allowing one run as the Matadors held on for a 2-1 victory in the series finale. Over the two games, he recorded nine strikeouts and a 2.06 ERA.
Ramirez logged his fifth win of the season with a 7.2 inning, nine-strikeout effort against nationally-ranked UC Irvine in the crucial middle game of the three-game Big West Conference series. Following a 15-3 Anteater blowout on Friday night, the right-hander scattered just seven hits while walking just one on Saturday. He faced just one over the minimum over his final 4.2 innings and gave up his only run in the second inning on two of the seven Irvine hits, leading the Titans to a 2-1 victory.
Other players nominated: Michael Lorenzen (Cal State Fullerton), Ridge Carpenter (Cal State Northridge), Matt Summers (UC Irvine), Trevor Hairgrove (UC Riverside), Mark Haddow (UC Santa Barbara), Tyger Pederson (Pacific)
Other pitchers nominated: Anthony Kupbens (UC Davis), Matt Andriese (UC Riverside)