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Long Beach State Outfielder Sean Boatright, UC Riverside Pitcher James Simmons Earns Big West Baseball Player and Pitcher Of The Week Honors


Long Beach State outfielder Sean Boatright and UC Riverside pitcher James Simmons received Big West's first two awards of the 2006 baseball season when they were named Big West Player and Pitcher of the Week, for the week ending Feb. 5.

Boatright, a native of Mission Viejo, Calif., tallied three runs and added five RBIs to lead the 49ers to their first-ever sweep over nationally-ranked USC. In Friday's 4-2 win over the Trojans, the senior hit the go-ahead two-run double in the sixth to break a 2-2 tie. Saturday's game mirrored Friday's game when Boatright, off of All-American Trojan closer Paul Kloss, registered a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth to give Long Beach State a 7-6 lead. The 49ers would go on to win game two, 9-6. In the final game of the three-game series, Boatright recorded a bases-loaded walk on a 3-2 pitch to make it 6-4 in the eighth, part of a 2-for-3 day, as the very next batter tied it at 6-6 as part of a five-run comeback. Long Beach State secured its first ever sweep over the Trojans with a day three score of 8-6.

Simmons, a right-handed pitcher from Norco, Calif., started UC Riverside's first game of the year against the University of San Francisco and led the Highlanders to a shutout. In 7 innings pitched, Simmons struck out a career-high 10 batters to lead UCR to a season-opening 8-0 victory over USF. He allowed just five hits and did not walk a batter, earning him his first win of the season. The Highlanders went on to sweep the Dons, 3-0, for the first time in three years.