High School Teammates Take Home CCAA Player and Pitcher of the Week

A pair of high school teammates suiting up for different sides as collegians - UC San Diego’s Shay Whitcomb and Chico State’s Kenton Carruthers - have been reunited again as CCAA Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week for March 11-17, respectively. 

Whitcomb, a sophomore from Newbury Park, helped lead No. 3 UC San Diego to its second-straight four-game CCAA series sweep over the weekend, as the shortstop  batted .500 (11-22) with eight runs, five doubles, four home runs, 13 RBI, 28 total bases, and just one strikeout. He slugged 1.273 with a .478 on-base percentage, and made just one fielding error in 24 chances (.958) as the Tritons handily dispatched Cal State San Marcos. UC San Diego has now won 10 straight contests.

Whitcomb was successful at the plate in every game of the series, but Sunday’s doubleheader performance proved to be remarkable. His day began with solo blasts in each of his first two at-bats, the first one leading off the afternoon. He added a third-inning grand slam, the second of his career, in the finale, with a solo blast again in the fifth. Combined with a two-run double in a seven-run second, Whitcomb wound up with a career-high seven RBI to cap the weekend, one shy of matching the program's Division II-era record. His four home runs on the weekwent to left, right, straightaway center (grand slam) and left center, with three of them on two-strike counts.

Whitcomb was also awarded West Region Player of the Week by the National College Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) as well as National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball News (CBN).

For sophomore and fellow Newbury Park native Carruthers, the week was one of firsts for the Wildcat. The relief pitcher collecting his first two collegiate victories last Monday on Chico State’s three-win day at Cal State East Bay, and then earned his first collegiate save Saturday at Cal State San Bernardino.

Carruthers posted nine-and-a-third scoreless frames spanning four appearances, allowing only six hits and striking out eight. He inherited five runners over those four appearances, none of whom scored. After earning his first win in a rain-altered appearance against the Pioneers, the got his second win in the same day after getting the Wildcats out of a bases loaded jam in the series finale and eventually claiming the victory.

He collected his first save Saturday in his final, and perhaps his most impressive, appearance of the week. Carruthers entered with two on and two out in the seventh with the Wildcats nursing a 3-1 lead. He struck out the first batter he faced on three pitches, retired the Coyotes in order in the eighth, and worked around a one-out walk in the ninth to nail down the save.  

Next up, Chico State hosts Cal State LA while No. 3 UC San Diego enjoys a week away from the diamond. The Wildcats and Tritons will face off for four in La Jolla the following weekend, March 29-31

Also nominated:
Player -
Richard Castro, Cal State San Bernardino
Alex Devito, Chico State,
Harley Lopez, San Francisco State
Pierson Loska, Cal State Dominguez Hills
Tyler Odekirk, Cal State LA
Pitcher -
Alec Daily, Cal State LA
Austin Isenhart, Cal Poly Pomona
Brandon Weed, UC San Diego
2019 CCAA Baseball Weekly Awards
Player of the Week Pitcher of the Week
Jan. 28-Feb. 3 Grant Buck, Cal State San Marcos Mike Lopez, Cal State San Marcos
Feb. 4-10 Gabe Chavez, Cal State San Bernardino Rylan Tinsley, Stanislaus State
Feb. 11-17 Austin Ott, Cal State San Marcos Chase Wheatcroft, Stanislaus State
Feb. 18-24 Brian Morley, Cal State Monterey Bay Tim Holdgrafer, Cal Poly Pomona
Feb. 25-March 3 Aaron Kim, UC San Diego Chase Wheatcroft, Stanislaus State
March 4-10 Brandon De La Guardia, Stanislaus State Grant Larson, Chico State
March 11-17 Shay Whitcomb, UC San Diego Kenton Carruthers, Chico State