May 7, 2012
Fullerton, Calif. - Cal State Fullerton junior Carlos Lopez is this week's Big West Conference Player of the Week after going 5-for-15 with nine RBI to lead the Titans to a 4-0 week over USC and Pacific.
The first baseman had a home run and a pair of doubles to go along with six walks in the four games and helped the Titans sweep the Tigers to take a one game lead atop the conference standings and earn them their 30th win for the 38th consecutive season.
The Northridge native walked three times and scored once in the Titans' 4-2 win over the Trojans and then hit in all three games, including two multi-hit efforts, against the Tigers in Stockton.
Lopez made the most of his five hits, driving in the game-winning runs early on in both Saturday and Sunday's contests. A two-run single in the first on Saturday catapulted the team to a 2-0 lead from the get-go, and his second career grand slam in the ninth put an exclamation point on the Titans' 21-4 victory. The six RBI in the game tied Lopez's career high.
On Sunday, the left-handed hitter doubled in his first two plate appearances, and he drove in three of the Titans' 10 runs in the team's third series sweep of the season.
In addition to his RBI, Lopez scored five times to account for 14 of the Titans' 40 runs on the week.
This is Lopez's first career player of the week nod, and the second of the season for the first place Titans.
Redshirt freshman Grahamm Wiest was nominated for pitcher of the week honors after tossing a nifty 85-pitch, three-hit, complete game shutout of the Tigers on Sunday. For the week, the right-hander hurled 10 innings and gave up just four hits while striking out six.
UC Irvine's Andrew Thurman took home this week's award with a four-hit, complete-game shutout of UC Santa Barbara.