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Murray, Andrews Notch Baseball Weekly Awards

4/9/2018

Tanner Murray tied a single-game school record and Clayton Andrews reeled off another double-digit strikeout performance as the duo from UC Davis and Long Beach State claimed baseball weekly honors.

TANNER MURRAY, UC DAVIS – FIELD PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Freshman • SS • Ben Lomond, Calif. • San Lorenzo Valley HS

➜ UC Davis freshman Tanner Murray earned his first career Big West Baseball Field Player of the Week award, leading the offense with a .529 average over four games.

➜ The shortstop had three multi-hit performances and nine hits in 17 at-bats as the Aggies posted a 2-2 record.  He posted a .579 on-base percentage and slugged .824 for the week.

➜ Murray’s best effort came in the Big West series finale against Hawai‘i.  He finished 5-for-5 at the dish – a home run shy of the cycle – and tied the program single-game record with three doubles in the 10-3 victory. 

➜ Murray became the eighth Aggie in the school’s Division I era to record five hits in a game.

➜ In the win over UH, Murray also notched a leadoff triple in the third that led to one of his three runs scored.  Murray also had three RBI, one coming on an RBI-double in the sixth and the other two via a 2-RBI two-bagger in the seventh.

➜ He went 2-for-4 with a walk in the series opener against UH.  Earlier in the week, he had two hits, a run scored and two RBI in a 7-3 victory against San Jose State.

Others nominated: Hank LoForte (Cal State Fullerton); Justin Toerner (CSUN); Matt Reitano (UC Irvine); Nathan Webb (UC Riverside); Michael McAdoo (UC Santa Barbara); Kekai Rios (Hawai‘i)

CLAYTON ANDREWS, LONG BEACH STATE – PITCHER OF THE WEEK

Junior • LHP • Rohnert Park, Calif. • Cabrillo College

➜ Junior Clayton Andrews became the third member of Long Beach State’s starting rotation to garner Big West Baseball Pitcher of the Week honors as the southpaw stymied UC Irvine over a career-best eight-plus innings.

➜ Andrews prevailed over UCI counterpart Taylor Rashi in a classic pitcher’s duel.  Andrews matched his career high with 11 strikeouts and reached double-digit strikeouts for the third time this season.

➜ He walked just one and yielded five hits – the fifth a leadoff infield single in the ninth that removed him from the game as he attempted to go the distance in Saturday's 1-0 Dirtbag victory.

➜ Andrews also struck out 11 in his previous start against Fresno State on Mar. 31, but got no run support in a 2-0 loss.  Andrews ranks No. 2 in the Big West with 58 strikeouts.

➜ The junior college transfer lowered his ERA to 2.66 on the year.  Over his last three starts spanning 21.2 innings, Andrews is 2-1 with a 1.24 ERA.

Others nominated: Colton Eastman (Cal State Fullerton); Matt Acosta (CSUN); Chris Brown (UC Davis); Andre Pallante (UC Irvine); Chris Lincoln (UC Santa Barbara); Dylan Thomas (Hawai‘i)