New Faces Secure Weekly Honors
Cal State Fullerton's Michael Lorenzen becomes the first freshman to collect Big West Baseballl Player of the Week honors, while Scott Chew nabs UC Davis' first Big West Baseball Pitcher of the Week accolades for 2011.
Lorenzen led the way for the Titans in the sweep of their cross-town rival Long Beach State. The centerfielder paced the Titans in hitting (.583), hits (7), runs (4), RBI (6), total bases (10) and stolen bases (3) and posted a pair of three-hit games. On Friday, the freshman tripled and scored the game-winning run in the fourth inning of the Titans 4-2 win. On the night he finished 3-for-4 with an RBI and reached base all four times to the plate.
In Saturday's 14-12 win, he doubled home two and singled home two in his first two at bats as the Titans jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the second inning. After the 49ers came all the way back to tie and eventually take the lead, Lorenzen wound up scoring the game-winning run in the eighth after singling and stealing second. The Anaheim, Calif., native went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and four RBI. In the series finale, his sacrifice fly drove home the game-winner in the Titans' eventual 6-1 victory. Lorenzen was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored on Sunday.
In Chew's first start of the 2011 season, he pitched a complete-game shutout and allowed only four hits in a 5-0 win over Santa Clara. The southpaw used only 92 pitches and faced only one batter over the minimum. He held Santa Clara hitless until the fourth inning and did not yield a multi-base hit until a double in the ninth. Behind Chew, the Aggies turned two double plays, caught a runner stealing and picked off another Santa Clara runner. He retired the side four times in the game. Prior to this game, Chew had only pitched 3.2 total innings this season.
Other players nominated: Mitch Haniger (Cal Poly), Tommy Simis (Cal State Northridge), David Popkins (UC Davis), Sean Madigan (UC Irvine), Brian Martin (Pacific).
Other pitchers nominated: Steven Fischback (Cal Poly), Noe Ramriez (Cal State Fullerton), Chris DeBoo (Cal State Northridge), Matt Summers (UC Irvine).