Kreuter, Hornung Earn Baseball Weekly Accolades
Cole Kreuter was the catalyst behind two wins over the nation’s No. 1-ranked team, while Brendan Hornung collected a career-high in strikeouts as the duo received Player of the Week recognition.
Catalyst Kreuter Fuels Series Win Over No. 1 TCU
UC Irvine junior Cole Kreuter (Rancho Mirage, Calif./Westminster Christian Miami HS) was a key factor in leading the Anteaters to a series victory over No. 1 TCU, collecting Big West Baseball Field Player of the Week accolades.
The infielder batted .375 (6-for-16) with five runs scored and five RBI to lead the Anteaters to a 3-1 week. He added a double and home run for a .625 slugging percentage.
Kreuter led all players with three hits and three RBI as part of a 3-for-5 performance with two runs scored to open the series with an 11-2 win.
He returned on Saturday with an early two-run home run to set the tone for a 6-3 victory, clinching the series over the Horned Frogs. Kreuter finished off the series with a walk and a pair of runs scored in the finale, but the Anteaters came up short of the sweep.
Kreuter also helped fuel a 7-6 comeback victory over Loyola Marymount with a hit. In addition, he made the move to third base for the first time in his collegiate career and stabilized the defense as he was perfect on all 10 chances that came his way.
Others nominated: Hunter Cullen (Cal State Fullerton); Alvaro Rubalcaba (CSUN); Ryan Anderson (UC Davis); Cade Peters (UC Riverside); Dylan Vchulek (Hawai‘i)
Hornung Strikes Out Career-High 14
Hawai‘i senior Brendan Hornung (Corona, Calif./Chaffey College) notched a complete game victory with a career high 14 strikeouts against Sacred Heart, as he was selected Big West Baseball Pitcher of the Week.
The 6-3 right-hander tied the record for most strikeouts during the Mike Trapasso era at UH. He yielded just three hits and one run – all in the second inning – and proceeded to retire 22 consecutive batters.
At one point, Hornung struck out seven straight hitters as the Rainbow Warriors earned the 4-1 win.
Others nominated: Connor Seabold (Cal State Fullerton); Samuel Myers (CSUN); Louis Raymond (UC Irvine); Hazahel Quijada (UC Riverside)