Chapman, Gauna Lead Cal State Fullerton To Series Sweep
Sophomores Matt Chapman and Koby Gauna propelled Cal State Fullerton to their eighth series sweep and cemented its selection as a postseason national seed, earning them Big West Baseball Field Player and Pitcher of the Week honors, respectively.
Chapman Accounts For Pair Of Game-Winning Runs
Cal State Fullerton sophomore Matt Chapman (Trabuco Canyon, Calif./El Toro HS) batted .500 and either scored or drove in two game-winning runs to earn the final Big West Baseball Field Player of the Week selection for the 2013 season.
The third baseman had six hits in 12 at-bats and matched a team-high with four RBI as the Titans swept Cal State Northridge on the road. He also scored three runs.
After driving in his first run of the series with a sacrifice fly in the series-opening 5-2 win on Thursday, Chapman's bat came alive with back-to-back three-hit performances.
He went 3-for-4 in Friday's 6-4 victory. He scored and drove in the winning run with one swing of the bat as his solo roundtripper broke a 4-4 tie in the top of the eighth. Chapman lifted a 2-0, two-out offering from DJ Milam over the left field fence for his fourth home run of the season. He also had a double and another run scored earlier in the contest.
Chapman helped the Titans complete the sweep on Saturday in a 9-6 triumph. In addition to going 3-for-5 at the plate, he scored the game-winning run in the eighth, and provided an insurance run with an RBI single in the ninth.
Chapman posted an .833 slugging percentage as No. 3 Fullerton rolled to its 14th series victory of the year.
Others nominated: Jordan Ellis (Cal Poly); Chris Rabago (UC Irvine); Francisco Tellez (UC Riverside); Joey Epperson (UC Santa Barbara)
Gauna Delivers In Just Second Weekend Start Of Season
Making just his second weekend start of the season, Cal State Fullerton right-hander Koby Gauna (Torrance, Calif./St. John Bosco HS) earned Big West Baseball Pitcher of the Week honors with seven solid innings in a win over Cal State Northridge.
The right-hander had not made a weekend start since the Titans opened the season with four games in three days, but showed no rust when he took the mound for Thursday's series opener.
Gauna limited the Matadors to five hits and pair of runs in the 5-2 victory. He struck out three and walked one. After allowing two runs in the second, Gauna settled down to retired 14 straight CSUN batters, and from the third through seventh innings, faced the minimum.
Gauna's effort helped the Titans win their 14th consecutive series over an opponent, including eight by sweep. CSF finished the regular season 48-8 overall and captured the No. 5 seed in the upcoming NCAA Division I Baseball Championship.
Others nominated: Andrew Thurman (UC Irvine); Greg Mahle (UC Santa Barbara)