Tancas, Seabold Contribute To Series Sweeps
Lucas Tancas wielded the big bat for Long Beach State, and Connor Seabold silenced the bats for Cal State Fullerton as the duo captured the conference’s baseball weekly awards.
Tancas Erupts For Big Series
Long Beach State junior Lucas Tancas (San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Irvine Valley College) earned his second Big West Baseball Field Player of the Week honor this season on the strength of .563 hitting and 1.063 slugging.
The first baseman led the Beach to a 4-0 record, providing at least one hit in all four games and recording multiple hits in all three games of the team’s conference sweep of UC Riverside. Against the Highlanders, Tancas batted .667 with eight hits in 12 at-bats.
Tancas went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBI in the 11-4 game two victory over the Highlanders. He contributed to an eight-run second inning with a leadoff solo home run to left field, and later added a two-run double in the frame. He roped another RBI double in the fourth.
Tancas posted his second straight three-hit performance in Sunday’s 3-0 shutout. He crushed a leadoff home run in the fourth – his team-leading fifth of the season – to give LBSU a 2-0 lead. He also scored an insurance run in the sixth.
The team’s top hitter with a .364 batting average, Tancas opened the UCR series going 2-for-4 with two runs scored in an 8-0 victory. He had a hit in LBSU’s 6-0 non-conference triumph over USC earlier in the week.
Others nominated: Alex McKenna (Cal Poly); Sahid Valenzuela (Cal State Fullerton); Nolan Bumstead (CSUN); Austin Bush (UC Santa Barbara)
Seabold Hurls Complete-Game Shutout
Junior Connor Seabold (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor HS) threw Cal State Fullerton’s first complete game shutout in nearly two years to pick up Big West Baseball Pitcher of the Week accolades.
The right-hander allowed UC Davis just three hits, walked one and struck out a season-high tying 11 batters in a 6-0 victory on Friday at Goodwin Field. It was Fullerton’s first complete game shutout since Thomas Eshelman threw one on May 15, 2015.
Seabold had a perfect game going through 4.1 innings. The Aggies managed to advance only one runner to third base for the entire game. Seabold struck out at least one Aggie in each of the first six innings and in eight of the nine frames overall, including one looking to end the game.
The Titans have won six straight overall and 11 consecutive at home.
Others nominated: Bobby Ay (Cal Poly); Tei Vanderford (CSUN); Darren McCaughan (Long Beach State); Brendan Hornung (Hawai‘i)