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Big West Players of the Week


The weekly baseball awards haul went to Cal State Fullerton’s Nick Ramirez and UC Irvine’s Christian Bergman for their roles in leading the Titans and Anteaters to conference series sweeps.  Bergman’s performance also was worthy of the "Louisville Slugger" National Player of the Week honor by Collegiate Baseball.

Ramirez Hits .643 To Pace Titan Offense

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Cal State Fullerton's pitcher Nick Ramirez pumps his fist after betaing UCI on Sunday afternoon. CSF won 6-1.

 Photo by Matt A. Brown / For the Register Cal State Fullerton sophomore Nick Ramirez (Anaheim, Calif./Katella HS) garnered Big West Baseball Field Player of the Week honors after hitting .643 to help his team to a 4-0 record.

The first baseman hit safely in all four games and now owns a hitting streak of 16 straight.  He scored six runs and had five RBI as the Titans defeated Pepperdine in a midweek non-conference game and swept Cal Poly in a Big West series.

Ramirez belted four doubles among his nine hits for the week, including a pair of RBI doubles in CSF’s 12-5 win over the Waves Tuesday.  He went 4-for-5 with three RBI in that game.


In the Cal Poly series, Ramirez had a 2-for-3 effort with three runs scored and a double in an 8-6 victory in Friday’s opener.  He produced his second multi-hit game on Sunday in a 9-2 victory, going 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.

During his 16-game hit streak, Ramirez is batting .516 (32-for-62) with 11 doubles, eight home runs and 28 RBI.  He has achieved those numbers predominantly from the No. 7 spot in the lineup.

Others nominated:   J.J. Thompson (Cal Poly); Devin Lohman (Long Beach State); Scott Heylman (UC Davis); Casey Stevenson (UC Irvine); Justin Shults (UC Riverside); Brett Christopher (Pacific)

UC Irvine’s Bergman Tosses First Career Complete Game Shutout
Christian Bergman (Altadena, Calif./St. Francis HS) threw a near perfect game for UC Irvine to claim Big West Pitcher of the Week accolades, using an economical 89 ChristianBergmanUCI pitches to shut down UC Davis in a 13-0 victory Saturday.

Bergman faced the minimum 27 batters in the complete game effort, allowing just a leadoff single in the first inning to Daniel Cepin.  Following a caught stealing on Cepin in a stolen base attempt, Bergman retired the next 26 batters he faced in hurling his first complete game shutout.

After inducing a fly ball to right to lead off the Aggie sixth, Bergman kept another ball from leaving the infield for the remainder of the game, getting eight groundball outs, two infield line-drive outs and two strikeouts.

Bergman, who was also named the “Louisville Slugger” National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball, walked none and struck out six in the effort.

Others nominated:  Tyler Pill (Cal State Fullerton); Ryan Juarez (Cal State Northridge); Nathan Slater (UC Davis); Matt Andriese (UC Riverside); Jesse Meaux (UC Santa Barbara); David Rowse (Pacific)

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