Cal Poly's Stewart shares award

Senior catcher is named Co-Big West Conference Field Player of Week

sports@thetribunenews.comMay 20, 2013 

Cal Poly senior catcher Elliot Stewart shared Big West Conference Field Player of the Week honors along with Cal State Fullerton first baseman Carlos Lopez, the conference announced Monday.

Playing in his final home game as a Mustang on Sunday, Stewart led off the fifth inning with his third home run of the week, snapping a 1-1 tie in Cal Poly’s 7-2 win over Cal State Northridge.

Stewart also had a two-run single in the sixth, making him 2 for 3 with three RBI and a stolen base to help the Mustangs complete a three-game sweep of the Matadors.  

On May 14, Stewart hit a two-run shot in the fourth inning against Cal State Bakersfield to snap a 3-3 tie in Cal Poly’s eventual 10-4 win.

On Saturday, he smashed another two-run homer in a 6-2 win over the Matadors and had three RBI in the game.

During the week, Stewart went 5 for 15 and tallied 10 RBI as Cal Poly went 4-0, lifting the Mustangs to 37-16 overall and 15-9 in the Big West.

Stewart’s eight home runs on the season are second on the team behind designated hitter Brian Mundell’s nine.

Other Cal Poly players who have earned player of the week honors this year are pitchers Joey Wagman and Reed Reilly, outfielder Nick Torres and Mundell.

With the perfect week, Cal Poly returned to No. 22 in the USA Today coaches’ poll and No. 23 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll.

Cal State Fullerton (45-8, 20-4), which has clinched the Big West regular-season title, remained No. 5 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll.

The Mustangs wrap up their regular season Thursday through Saturday with a three-game Big West series at Pacific (14-36, 6-18 Big West).

Cal Poly now is 21 games over .500 for the first time in school history, and the team stands a good chance at an NCAA postseason berth.

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