April 9, 2012
Fullerton, Calif. - Cal State Fullerton infielder Richy Pedroza was named the Big West Conference Player of the Week Monday for his outstanding play last week against San Diego State and UC Davis.
Pedroza, a junior from Covina, was a spark plug for the Titans at the top of the order, going 8-for-14 (.571) and accounting for nearly one-third of the Titans' runs with 3 RBI and five runs scored.
The switch-hitter hit in all four games to extend his personal hitting streak to five games. He also had multiple hits in three of the four games including a three-hit night against the Aztecs in San Diego. He has now reached base safely in nine consecutive games, most of which have come from the leadoff position.
His 12-pitch at bat against UC Davis' Anthony Kupbens resulted in an RBI-single to cut the Aggies lead and was a springboard to the Titans' second come-from-behind win in as many nights. On Sunday, Pedroza singled and scored the only run the Titans would need in their 11-0 rout and series sweep of the Aggies.
Pedroza has reached base 21 times in his last 41 plate appearances (.512) and is 17-for-34 (.500) in his official at bats ranging over the last nine games.
This is Cal State Fullerton's first player of the week honor in 2012 and Pedroza's second career nod.
The No. 12 Titans will face the No. 17 UCLA Bruins on Tuesday at Jackie Robinson Stadium and then head to Irvine to face the Anteaters of UC Irvine in a three-game Big West series this weekend at Anteater Ballpark. Sunday's game will be televised on ESPNU.