April 19, 2010
Irvine, Calif. - Cal State Fullerton centerfielder Gary Brown was named the Big West Conference Player of the Week after helping the Titans to a series win over UC Santa Barbara last weekend.
Brown was on fire at the plate, on the base paths and in the outfield. The junior from Diamond Bar hit .500 (7-for-14) with six RBI, six runs scored a double, a triple, two home runs and a pair of stolen bases.
After a hitless game on Friday, the outfielder tied his career high with five hits, set a career high five RBI, had the first multi-home run game of his career, stole two bases, picked up another triple and played perfect defense in center in the Titans' 17-3 win over UC Santa Barbara on Saturday. In all, Brown accounted for nine of the Titans 17 runs (four runs and five RBI) on the day.
Saturday's triple moved him to within one three-base hit of tying the school single-season and the school career record for triples. He now has eight on the year and 17 in his career.
On Sunday Brown had another two hits, scored twice and had an RBI in the Titans series clinching win.
A special moment came in the Titan seventh inning when Brown nearly single-handedly manufactured the Titans final run of the game. He softly poked base hit to right and just kept on running to second as the Gaucho right fielder took his time getting to the ball. In safely with a double, Brown then wowed the fans and his teammates as he not only advanced to third on Carlos Lopez's fly ball to center, but rolled right through third and went on home with the Titans' sixth and final run. Lopez was credited with a sacrifice fly thanks to Brown's legs.
This is Brown's second player of the week honor this season (also on Mar. 8), and the third of his career (Apr. 27, 2009).
Pacific's Hunter Carnevale (2-0, 2 APP, 11 IP, 9 H, 0 R, 10 K, 2 BB) won the pitcher of the week honors. Fullerton nominated sophomore Tyler Pill who came up short for the weekly award for the second straight week.
The Titans watched their sophomore right-hander give up a run on two hits in his first inning of work, but then settle down to allow just one more hit the rest of the way. The Covina, Calif., native retired 17 of the last 18 batters he faced, before Dave Serrano elected to bring in a reliever for a competitive inning to close out the series.
Pill fanned a career high 11 Gauchos and walked just one. And that's not all, the pitcher hit for himself in the series finale with UC Santa Barbara and went 4-for-5 with an RBI at the plate.
Pill's victory on the mound bumped him to 3-4 on the year and dropped his ERA to 3.65 overall and a minuscule 0.55 in Big West games. He is coming off a very solid outing against then-ranked UC Irvine last week as well (8.1 IP, 0 ER, 4 K, 1 BB).