Cal State Fullerton junior CF Gary Brown is the Big West Baseball Field Player of the Week and Pacific senior LH Hunter Carnevale is the Big West Baseball Pitcher of the Week.
Brown Erupts In Series Win Versus UC Santa Barbara
Versatile Cal State Fullerton outfielder Gary Brown (Diamond Bar, Calif./Diamond Bar HS) contributed an all-around effort to a series victory against UC Santa Barbara, earning the junior Big West Baseball Field Player of the Week honors.
Brown rebounded from a 0-for-4 day at the plate Friday to hit .500 (7-for-14) for the series, including a double, a triple and two home runs He had six runs scored and six RBI in addition to stealing a pair of bases as the Titans took two out of three games against the Gauchos. Brown also slugged 1.143 for the week.
He exploded at the dish in Saturday’s 17-3 triumph. He recorded a career-high tying five hits, a career-high five RBI and four runs scored to account for nine of the team’s 17 runs. Brown tripled and homered twice in the offensive onslaught. His triple gave him eight for the season and 17 for his career, moving him to within one of setting the school record in both categories.
In Sunday’s 6-1 win, Brown went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI to help the Titans clinch the series. After legging out a double in the seventh inning, Brown manufactured CSF’s sixth and final run with his speed. On Carlos Lopez’s fly ball to center, Brown tagged up and not advanced to third, but came home on a two-base sacrifice fly.
Others nominated: Brad Decater (Cal State Northridge); Justin Schafer (UC Davis); Justin Shults (UC Riverside); Brett Christopher (Pacific)
Pacific’s Carnevale Spectacular Out Of The Bullpen
Hunter Carnevale (Roseville, Calif./Granite Bay HS) picked up a pair of wins in 11 scoreless relief innings to pace the Pacific pitching staff and earn Big West Baseball Pitcher of the Week accolades.
Carnevale made two extended appearances out of the bullpen to earn the wins. In Tuesday’s 5-2 non-conference victory against northern California rival Sacramento State, Carnevale allowed just three hits in 5.1 innings of work. He walked one and struck out five after entering the game in a 2-2 tie.
He earned the win in Saturday’s 7-4 game against the Anteaters, throwing 5.2 innings of six-hit ball. He entered with the Tigers trailing by one and kept the Anteaters scoreless, helping Pacific snap a five-game losing streak against UCI. Carnevale dropped his ERA to a team-best 3.11, including a stellar 1.74 mark in conference games.
Others nominated: Tyler Pill (Cal State Fullerton); Jimmy Jolicoeur (Cal State Northridge); Sean Watson (UC Davis); Daniel Bibona (UC Irvine); Mario Hollands (UC Santa Barbara)