Cal State water polo players honored

Senior All-American Bryanna Burns was named to the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) second-team squad, the association announced Wednesday morning.

Burns, an Oceanside native, has been a stalwart for the Coyotes during her four seasons. She became the Coyotes’ all-time leader in saves in the final game of the 2010 season and earned All-American honors in the process.

This season Burns has 420 saves with 30 assists and 60 steals for the Coyotes, who open the WWPA Tournament at 9 a.m. Friday against Cal State Monterey Bay at Chabot College in Hayward. The tourney is hosted by Cal State East Bay.

In her career, Burns has 1,566 saves and owns three of the top five single-season saves in school history.

Sophomore Misty Vu was named to the honorable mention squad. The Riverside native leads the Coyotes with 81 goals.

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REV graduate Hairgrove honored for play at UCR

College Baseball Insider announced today that UC Riverside’s Trevor Hairgrove was named the West Region Baseball Player of the Week for games played from April 18-24. The honor comes on the heals of Hairgrove winning the Big West Conference Player of the Week award on Monday for the same time period.

Hairgrove extended his hitting streak to 11 games over the weekend scoring the game-winning run in UCR’s 3-0 win over CSU Bakersfield on Thursday, and driving in both runs in a 2-0 win on Friday.

On Saturday, the Highlanders erased a 3-1 deficit with a seven-run eighth inning, and Hairgrove capped the rally driving in runs 5, 6 and 7 with a double to right center, and scoring the team’s eighth run.

For the week, Hairgrove hit .538 with a .571 on base percentage and a .692 slutting percentage. He also played a flawless shortstop in the series handling all 14 chances over the three games.

Hairgrove now leads the Highlanders with a .350 batting average while his .423 on base percentage and 438 slugging percentage rank second on the squad.

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Coyotes sweep CCAA honors

Cal State San Bernardino junior outfielder David Silvas, who has blistered the baseball during the month of April, was named this week’s California Collegiate Athletic Association Batter of the Week for the week of April 18-23.

The Moreno Valley native continues to be one of the hottest hitters in the CCAA over the last three weeks. He currently owns a club-best, 9-game hitting streak and is hitting .485 over those nine games (16 of 33 with eight extra-base hits – 6 doubles, 2 HRs).

During the 4-game series against CSUMB that puts the Coyotes into 4th place by percentage points over CPP and CSULA, he hit .538 and capped the series with a 3-for-4 effort in the series finale that included back-to-back-to-back doubles.

He is 24-for-53 (.453) with 11 extra-base hits in his last 14 games.

Junior right-hander Aaron Brooks, who dominated in his opening-game series start against Cal State Monterey Bay on April 21, was named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Pitcher of the Week.

The San Bernardino native set the tone in the weekend series against CSUMB on Thursday, with his third complete game and first shutout of the year in a 2-0 win. Brooks faced just  31 batters – four over the minimum — and did not allow an Otter to reach past second base after the first inning.

He retired 14 in a row — from the last out of the 3rd inning through the first out in the 8th —  and struck out six, did not issue a walk and scattered five hits.

For the season, is 4-6 with a 2.78 ERA. He owns 70 strikeouts and just eight base on balls. He has allowed 64 hits and opponents are hitting just .229 against him in 77.2 innings.



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