UCR’s Goetz takes top honors for baseball

The Big West Conference named UC Riverside first baseman Ryan Goetz Big West Co-Player of the Week Monday afternoon.

It is the first career player of the week honor for Goetz who went 6-for-14 with six RBI in this past weekend’s series win over #5 UC Irvine. He shares the award with Long Beach State’s Shane Peterson.

Goetz (Temple City, CA/ Bishop Amat HS) finished the week 10-for-18 (.389) with a double, a triple, and seven RBI. In Saturday’s 5-3 win over UCI, he had two hits and two RBI both coming on a two-run single in UCR’s three-run first inning. Goetz followed that performance with a three-hit and three RBI game the very next day. His RBI single in the sixth gave UCR a 2-1 lead and he later put the Highlanders up for good with a two-out two-run triple in the seventh.

This is the second player of the week award for UCR who had Paul Bargas earn pitcher of the week honors after he beat then #9 Long Beach State earlier this season.