GSAC Baseball Awards
Player of the Year: Matt Venegas, Azusa Pacific
Pitcher of the Year: Chris Schwinden, Fresno Pacific
Coach of the Year: Oscar Hirschkorn, Fresno Pacific
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
March 19, 2007
CALEB MINTZ ~ The Master's College
Freshman ~ 6-1 ~ DH ~ Boise, Idaho
Caleb Mintz was 10-for-21 (.476) at the plate with 5 doubles, 4 runs scored, and 6 runs batted in as The Master's won 4-of-6 games last week. In the sweep of Illinois Tech, Mintz was 4-for-6 at the plate with 2 doubles, 2 runs, and 2 RBI. In the doubleheader losses to College of the Ozarks MO, he had 4 hits, 3 of which were doubles, and 2 RBI. In the 2 wins over GSAC opponent San Diego Christian, he had 2 hits, 2 runs, and 2 runs batted in. Mintz currently leads the Mustangs in 5 categories, including batting average (.356), hits (37), RBI (27), and slugging percentage (.529). Mintz was selected as the NAIA Region II Baseball Player of the Week.
STEVE GOINS ~ California Baptist University
Junior ~ 6-0 ~ SS/RHP ~ Riverside, California
Steve Goins tossed a 1-hit shutout without allowing a walk while striking out 12 batters to earn the 9-innning complete-game win over conference opponent Vanguard. Goins was named the NAIA Region II Baseball Pitcher of the Week.
SCOTT HODSDON ~ Azusa Pacific University
Senior ~ 6-1 ~ Infielder ~ Rancho Cucamonga, California
Senior Scott Hodsdon was 12-for-27 (.444) at the plate as he led No. 3-ranked Azusa Pacific to a perfect 7-0 record as the Cougars played 7 games in 6 days. Eleven of Hodsdon's 12 hits were for extra bases, including 4 home runs and 7 doubles, and he drove in 15 runs on the week. In 3 non-conference games at home against College of the Ozarks MO and Pace NY, Hodsdon recorded 5 hits in 10 at-bats, with 3 runs, 2 doubles, 1 home run, and 5 RBI. In the doubleheader wins at Fresno Pacific, he was 5-for-9 (.556) at the plate with 3 runs, 3 doubles, 2 home runs, and 7 RBI. He capped the week going 3-for-8 with 3 RBIs, including his 14th home run of the season in a doubleheader sweep at No. 9-ranked Biola. Hodsdon was selected as the NAIA Region II Baseball Player of the Week.
SCOTT HODSDON ~ Azusa Pacific University
Senior ~ 6-1 ~ RHP ~ Rancho Cucamonga, California
Scott Hodsdon not only played well at the plate but also on the mound, earninh GSAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week to go along with his player-of-the-week honor. In 10 innings of work, Hodsdon gave up 3 hits and 3 walks, while striking out 13, earning a save and a win. He closed out both games of an 8-2, 8-7 GSAC doubleheader road sweep at Fresno Pacific with a combined 3 innings of hitless relief with 5 strikeouts, including a 2-inning save of the nightcap. On 2 days rest, Hodsdon then tossed a 7-inning complete-game 3-hit shutout in a 6-0 win at the NAIA's No. 9-ranked Biola, helping No. 3 Azusa Pacific post its 30th victory in just 34 games, the fastest 30-win pace in program history. Hodsdon was named the NAIA Baseball Pitcher of the Week.
April 2, 2007
ZACH LEIGHTON ~ Vanguard University
Sophomore ~ 6-3 ~ Shortstop ~ El Dorado Hills, Calif.
Zach Leighton tallied 11 hits in 21 at bats (.524) as Vanguard won 4-of-5 games last week. He had 4 multi-hit games, 1 double, 4 RBI, scored 6 runs, and stole a base. In the doubleheader sweep of Westmont, he had 5 hits, 3 runs, 2 RBI, 1 walk and 1 stolen base. In the completion of the suspended game against Biola, he had 1 hit and 1 run. He hit a double in the loss to Biola. Leighton's most important contribution was 2 hits, a run, and 2 RBI in Vanguard's 5-0 shutout win over the Biola Eagles on Saturday. He also recorded 11 put outs and 16 assists at shortstop.
STEVE GOINS ~ California Baptist University
Junior ~ 6-0 ~ RHP ~ Riverside, California
Steve Goins of California Baptist carried a perfect game into the sixth inning in tossing his second 9-inning, complete-game shutout in his past 3 outings Saturday against Fresno Pacific. He limited the GSAC's third-best hitting team (.322) to just 3 hits. Goins did not walk a single batter and struck out a career-high 14 batters. Goins was chosen as the NAIA Region II Baseball Pitcher of the Week.
April 9, 2007
KYLE THOMAS ~ California Baptist University
Senior ~ 6-0 ~ LHP ~ Riverside, California
Kyle Thomas started and picked up the 4-3 win in a combined 5-hitter for California Baptist at No. 1-ranked Lewis-Clark State ID. He gave up 1 earned run and 1 walk, while striking out 8. Lewis-Clark State was held to its second-lowest hit total of the season and had its 9-game winning streak snapped. Thomas was named the NAIA Region II Baseball Pitcher of the Week.
April 16, 2007
ANDY REILLY ~ Point Loma Nazarene University
Junior ~ 6-3 ~ Third Baseman ~ Poway, California
Andy Reilly had another big week as Point Loma Nazarene won 2-of-3 games. Over 3 games last week, he went 6-for-10 (.600), with 2 doubles, a triple, a home run, 3 runs and 6 RBI. Reilly was a pitcher last season but was moved into the Point Loma lineup as a third baseman in 2007, becoming the team's top offensive threat. Reilly was named the NAIA Region II Baseball Player of the Week.
JARED ESKEW ~ Point Loma Nazarene University
Sophomore ~ 6-2 ~ LHP ~ Bakersfield, California
Jared Eskew improved to 5-1 on the year with a 3-0 shutout win over visiting Fresno Pacific. Eskew tossed 7 complete innings yielding just 3 hits, no walks while striking out 9. Eskew was selected as the NAIA Region II Baseball Pitcher of the Week.
April 23, 2007
BRICE CUTSPEC ~ Azusa Pacific University
Freshman ~ 6-5 ~ First Baseman ~ Westminster, California
Brice Cutspec was 7-for-17 at the plate with 5 runs, 4 homeruns and 8 RBIs as No. 2-ranked Azusa Pacific won all 4 of its conference games last week and clinched the GSAC championship. In the 2 wins over Vanguard, he had 3 hits, 1 run, and 2 RBI. Cutspec then led Azusa Pacific to a GSAC championship-clinching doubleheader sweep over No. 16-ranked Point Loma Nazarene, belting 4 home runs in the twinbill, all with 2 outs. Cutspec drilled 3 home runs in the first game, including the game-winning solo shot in the bottom of the sixth inning. After Point Loma Nazarene struck first in the nightcap with a run in the fourth inning, Cutspec again provided the game-winning RBI with a 2-run home run. The doubleheader sweep extended the NAIA's No. 2-ranked Cougars' program-record win streak to 21 games, and it gave Azusa Pacific its 41st victory, another program record. The Cougars have won 18 straight GSAC games. Cutspec was chosen as the NAIA Region II Baseball Player of the Week.
TAYLOR CAMERON ~ Point Loma Nazarene University
Senior ~ 6-2 ~ RHP ~ Los Alamitos, California
Senior Taylor Cameron went the distance, shutting out San Diego Christian 2-0. In nine innings of work, he allowed just 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 8 batters to pick up his sixth win of the year. Cameron was selected as the NAIA Region II Baseball Player of the Week.
April 30, 2007
STEPHEN VOGT ~ Azusa Pacific University
Senior ~ 6-0 ~ Catcher ~ Visalia, California
Senior Stephen Vogt was 11-for-17 (.647) at the plate with 6 runs, 5 doubles, 3 homeruns, 12 RBIs, 2 walks, and a stolen base as No. 2-ranked Azusa Pacific won 3-of-4 of its conference games last week. In the first win over Concordia, Vogt had 4 extra-base hits, including 3 doubles and a grand slam, and 6 RBI. In the 14-13 victory against Concordia, he had 2 home runs, including a walk-off home run in the bottom of the tenth inning, as well as 3 runs, 3 RBI and a walk. In the split with No. 25-ranked California Baptist, Vogt was 4-for-8 with 2 runs, 2 doubles, 3 RBI, and a stolen base. Vogt is Azusa Pacific's career leader in batting average, hits, doubles, and RBIs. He also leads the GSAC in batting average, hits, and doubles in both overall and conference-only statistics.
BRANDON DAILY ~ California Baptist University
Junior ~ 6-6 ~ RHP ~ Corona, California
Junior Brandon Daily worked a combined 6 innings of relief to pick up a pair of wins for No. 25-ranked California Baptist to move to 6-1 on the season. In 1.2 innings at Vanguard, he earned the win giving up just 2 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 1. Daily then worked 4.1 scoreless innings, allowing just 2 base runners while striking out 4, in a 4-3 win over No. 2 ranked Azusa Pacific. He has allowed just 1 earned run in his past 27.1 innings (11 appearances). Daily was selected as the NAIA Region II Baseball Pitcher of the Week.
May 7, 2007
DANIEL ROBERTSON ~ Concordia University
Junior ~ 5-8 ~ Center Field ~ La Puente, California
Junior Daniel Robertson was 4-for-5 (.800) at the plate with 2 runs scored as Concordia won its first-round NAIA Region II baseball playoff game at No. 25-ranked Point Loma Nazarene. Robertson led off the game with a single and scored. He finished the game 4-for-5 while scoring both Concordia runs to give the Eagles the 2-1 win. Robertson was named the NAIA Region II Baseball Player of the Week.
ENRIQUE LECHUGA ~ Concordia University
Junior ~ 5-11 ~ LHP ~ Seeley, California
Junior Enrique Lechuga tossed a complete-game 4-hitter and allowed just 1 unearned run and 1 walk while striking out 5 to give Concordia a 2-1 win on the road over third-seeded Point Loma Nazarene in the NAIA Region II Baseball Championship Tournament opener. Lechuga was selected as the NAIA Region II Baseball Pitcher of the Week.