SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Sophomore center fielder Tommy Jew has been named Big West Conference Field Player of the Week after leading UC Santa Barbara to a series win over UC Riverside last weekend, the conference announced Monday.
In the three games against the Highlanders, Jew went 9-for-15 (.600) with a slugging percentage of 1.067. He was a primary offensive factor as the Gauchos exploded for 33 runs in the series, six of which were scored by him and seven of which were driven in by him.
The San Ramon, Calif., native also contributed two doubles, a triple and his third home run of the season. In Friday's 9-8 12-inning victory, Jew produced his first 4-hit performance of the series, finishing 4-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI. He also stole a pair of bases. With the Gauchos trailing 8-6 in the 11th, Jew cranked an up-and-in pitch over the scoreboard in left field to knot the game at 8-8.
In Saturday's 14-2 victory, Jew collected a career-high five RBI. He delivered a two-RBI triple as part of a six-run eruption in the seventh inning. He also had three other RBI singles to complete a 4-for-4 day at the plate. On Sunday, Jew doubled and scored twice as UCSB lost a 14-10 decision to UCR.
The Gauchos travel to Cal State Bakersfield on Tuesday for a 6:00 p.m. game against the Roadrunners. They return home this weekend for a three-game Big West series against Cal State Fullerton. Friday's game will begin at 3:00 p.m. at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.