May 26, 2014

Davis and Garza Sweep Big West Honors

FULLERTON, Calif. – Cal State Fullerton junior J.D. Davis garnered Big West Field Player of the Week honors, while sophomore right-hander Justin Garza was named the Big West Pitcher of the Week, it was announced by the conference office on Monday.

Davis batted .562 with five extra base hits to earn Big West Baseball Field Player of the Week accolades. The native of Elk Grove, Calif., hit 9-for-16 at the plate to help the Titans close the regular season on a seven-game winning streak and clinch the program's 23rd consecutive NCAA postseason bid. 

He produced two doubles, a triple and two home runs as he posted a 1.188 slugging percentage in a 4-0 week. The right fielder started out the week batting 4-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI to help Fullerton trounce USC, 17-3, in a midweek game.  He added a pair of doubles against the Trojans.

Helping the Titans outscore Cal State Northridge 13-2 in a series sweep, Davis was 2-for-5 with a triple and an RBI in a 4-2 win in Thursday's opener.  He belted his fourth and fifth home runs of the season in Friday's 3-0 shutout, finishing the game 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBI. His 1-for-4 effort on Saturday extended his hitting streak to 12 consecutive games.

Davis has been named Big West Field Player of the Week twice during his career.

Others nominated: Richard Prigatano (Long Beach State); Kaeo Aliviado (Hawai'i)

Garza garnered Big West Baseball Pitcher of the Week honors, after becoming the fourth Titan to throw a no-hitter. Garza etched his name in Titan lore on Friday night against Cal State Northridge as the fourth hurler to accomplish the feat in the program's 40-year Division I history, joining Kirk Saarloos, Ted Silva and Longo Garcia on the list. 

Garza's gem came more than 13 years after Saarloos tossed his no-hitter against Pacific on Apr. 9, 2001. Coincidentally, the no-hitter for Garza also marked the first complete game of his career.  He walked three and equaled his career high with 12 strikeouts in a 3-0 victory. 

Garza fanned a batter in every inning except the sixth. The no-hitter was the 16th in Big West history, and the first since Apr. 20, 2012 when UC Irvine's Andrew Thurman achieved one against Long Beach State.

Garza has been named Big West Pitcher of the Week twice in his career.

Others nominated: Josh Frye (Long Beach State); Dylan Stuart (UC Riverside); Matt Cooper (Hawai'i) -