Fitchett, Vanderford Lead Teams To Impressive Road Success
A tournament MVP hitting performance and an outstanding mound effort against an SEC power earned Alex Fitchett and Tei Vanderford this week’s baseball honors.
Fitchett Named MVP of Dairy Queen Classic
Hawai‘i senior Alex Fitchett (El Dorado Hills, Calif./Cosumnes River College) secured his first career Big West Baseball Field Player of the Week honor after earning MVP honors at the 30th Dairy Queen Classic.
The outfielder led the Rainbow Warriors to the DQC tournament championship with a 3-1 record as they collected wins over the reigning Big Ten and Summit League champions. He hit .500 (8-for-16) with a 1.125 slugging percentage, producing two doubles, a triple and pair of roundtrippers.
Fitchett began the week batting 3-for-5 with two runs scored, a double and two RBI in a non-bracket battle against Minnesota, a game UH won 11-2.
He proceeded to homer in each of the first two games of the DQC. He went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in a 7-6 loss to Iowa. Fitchett then slammed another solo shot in a 4-0 triumph over the tourney host Golden Gophers.
To finish off the tourney, Fitchett notched his second 3-hit game of the week. He went 3-for-4 with a double, triple and a run scored as UH knocked off Oral Roberts, 6-4. For the week, Fitchett scored five runs and drove in four more.
Others nominated: Chris Prescott (Cal State Fullerton); Riley Conlan (CSUN); Ramsey Romano (Long Beach State); Ryan Anderson (UC Davis); Evan Cassolato (UC Irvine); Cade Peters (UC Riverside)
Vanderford Notches Complete Game Effort Against No. 14 Vanderbilt
CSUN junior Tei Vanderford (Glendale, Calif./Glendale College) stymied No. 14 Vanderbilt in a complete game effort to garner Big West Baseball Pitcher of the Week accolades.
The 6-2 right-hander threw a marathon 137 pitches to subdue the Commodores in Saturday’s 4-1 victory. Vanderford limited Vanderbilt’s offense to four hits, and only two past the infield. It was his first complete game as a Matador, and his effort helped the program secure its first series win over an SEC team.
It was also CSUN’s first series victory of a top-25 team since 2009.
Vanderford walked just three and struck out eight. He sat down Vanderbilt’s first nine hitters, and struck out the final two to close out the game. He also stranded three base runners in the seventh and eighth innings.
Others nominated: Gavin Velasquez (Cal State Fullerton); Darren McCaughan (Long Beach State); Calvin Faucher (UC Irvine); Daniel Martinez (UC Riverside); Neil Uskali (Hawai‘i)