Pongs, Eshelman Round Up Weekly Honors
Long Beach State junior Cameron Pongs and Cal State Fullerton sophomore Thomas Eshelman earned Big West Baseball Field Player and Pitcher of the Week honors after sparking their teams to series victories.
Pongs Helps Long Beach State To Series Upset Of No. 1 Cal Poly
Cameron Pongs (Chino Hills, Calif./Mt. SAC) hit .571 to help Long Beach State win two of three games against No. 1-ranked Cal Poly, earning the junior Big West Baseball Field Player of the Week honors.
The designated hitter added a 2-for-3 performance in a midweek game against San Diego, and collected three multi-hit games for the week. He had a double and an RBI in a 4-3 loss to the Toreros.
Pongs smashed a pair of doubles and finished 3-for-4 with a run scored in Long Beach State’s 6-3 series-opening loss to the Mustangs. In game two of the series, Pongs went 3-for-4 again, scoring a run and driving in another.
Pongs had accumulated only 16 at-bats this season prior to the Cal Poly series, but made the most of his opportunities. He is now batting .400 (12-for-30) for the season.
Others nominated: Tanner Pinkston (Cal State Fullerton); Kevin Barker (UC Davis); Jonathan Munoz (UC Irvine); Adam Hurley (Hawai‘i)
Eshelman Twirls 10-Inning Shutout
Cal State Fullerton sophomore Thomas Eshelman (Carlsbad, Calif./Carlsbad HS) threw a six-hit, 10-inning complete game shutout in the series opener against Hawai‘i to notch Big West Baseball Pitcher of the Week honors.
The right-hander became the first Titans pitcher since Jason Windsor in 2004 to throw 10 innings, and earned the win on Tanner Pinkston’s walk-off single in the 10th frame. It was Eshelman’s third complete game of the season and his second shutout. He struck out six hitters for the game, and retired the final two hitters on a strikeout and fly out with Rainbow Warrior runners at the corners in the 10th inning.
Eshelman, who improved to 6-1 on the year, also helped the Titans snap a six-game losing streak, tied for the longest streak in program history. CSF went on to sweep the series. He did not walk a batter, and has issued just three walks in 86.1 innings this season.
Others nominated: Jerry Keel (Cal State Northridge); Nick Sabo (Long Beach State); Max Cordy (UC Davis); Sam Moore (UC Irvine); Dylan Stuart (UC Riverside); Dillon Tate (UC Santa Barbara); Matt Cooper (Hawai‘i)