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April 16, 2012

Cal Poly’s Mitch Haniger Named Big West Player of the Week

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Cal Poly junior center fielder Mitch Haniger, who collected 10 hits in four baseball games last week, has been named Big West Conference Field Player of the Week.

Haniger, 6-2, 215, a graduate of Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, had two hits in Tuesday's 6-5 loss to UC Santa Barbara, then went 8-for-13 (.615) in a three-game Big West Conference series at Cal State Northridge. He was 10-for-18 for the week.

Among his 10 hits were two doubles and a two-run home run, which he hit in the ninth inning of Saturday's first game of a doubleheader and gave Cal Poly a 5-4 lead over Cal State Northridge.

Haniger's RBI single in the fifth inning of Saturday's second game proved to be the game-winning RBI. Haniger was 5-for-5 in Saturday's first game, his second five-hit game as a Mustang. Haniger scored seven times in four games.

Haniger currently is hitting .333 with a team-leading seven home runs and 36 RBI. He has thrown out nine runners from center field this season, where he has started all 34 games.

Haniger had a 10-game hitting streak snapped by Long Beach State on March 30, going 16-for-36 (444) during the run to lift his average 64 points. His five sacrifice flies lead the Big West and Haniger has 14 multiple-hit games this season.

The Big West co-pitchers of the week are UC Davis senior Dayne Quist and UC Irvine sophomore Andrew Thurman. Quist pitched a three-hit shutout in a 1-0 win over Pacific while Thurman allowed one hit in eight innings in a 1-0 win over Cal State Fullerton.

Cal Poly (21-13) hosts Fresno State on Tuesday night at 6 in Baggett Stadium, then resumes Big West Conference play this weekend with a three-game series at No. 14 Cal State Fullerton.