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Titans Sweep Big West Athlete of the Week Honors

UC IRVINE, Calif. – Cal State Fullerton senior right fielder Dalton Blaser and sophomore right-hander Connor Seabold garnered the weekly Big West Conference baseball awards after a sweep of UC Riverside over the weekend.

The Titans (30-16, 12-3 BWC) are at the top of the league standings with three weeks to play, and this week are ranked 22nd in the nation in Baseball America's Top-25 poll released earlier today.

In four games last week, Blaser batted 9-for-14 (.643) with five runs scored and five RBIs on his way to Big West Player of the Week honors.

In the series opener on Friday night vs. UCR, Blaser batted 4-for-4 with a double and run scored to help the Titans to a 2-1 victory. He hit 2-for-3 with two runs scored, a double and an RBI in Saturday's 6-2 triumph.

Overall, he finished the UCR series batting 8-for-10 (.800), producing three consecutive multiple-hit games with four RBIs and five runs scored, including hitting two home runs in the series finale on Sunday, a 9-2 victory.

For Blaser, this is his first Big West Player of the Week Award in 2016 and the third for the Titans as a team.

Others nominated: Dylan Alexander (CSUN); Tanner Bily (UC Davis); Keston Hiura (UC Irvine); Austin Ethan Lopez (Hawai'i)

Seabold tossed seven shutout innings and scattered four hits to pick up his sixth win of the season Friday night against UC Riverside as well as Big West Pitcher of the Week accolades.

In addition, he struck out a career-high 12 batters while issuing just one walk and allowed just two batters to advance to second base. He retired 10 of the last 11 batters he faced including nine straight.

For Seabold, this is his second Pitcher of the Week award and the third this year for the Titans.

Others nominated: Nick Viola (CSUN); Robert Garcia (UC Davis); Elliot Surrey (UC Irvine); Cody Culp (Hawai'i).

The Titans will travel to UC Santa Barbara for a three-game Big West Conference series beginning on Friday.

 

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