|Sacramento State's Dane Fujinaka|
After only getting six at-bats in Sacramento State’s first 19 games, junior Dane Fujinaka has finally begun to see some regular playing time. Former HarbourCat Gunner Pollman continues to hold down the starting catcher’s job, but Fujinaka has started four of the last seven games at Designated Hitter and two others behind the plate. In those seven games, Fujinaka is 8-for-21 at the dish with 9 RBI. He is now hitting .370 on the season with no homers and 11 RBI in 27 at-bats, so I would expect head coach Reggie Christiansen to find a way to get Fujinaka’s bat into the lineup as we move into the meaty part of the schedule.
Freshman PJ Floyd seems to be entrenched as Sacramento State’s starting third baseman after mainly riding the pine for the first 10 games of the season. Over the last eight games, Floyd has gone 6-for-21 with two RBI and a stolen base, and he is now hitting .291 with no homers and seven 7 RBI in 55 at-bats this season. He is also five-for-six in stolen base attempts.
|Seattle U's Griffin Andreychuk|
The Sacramento State Hornets currently sit atop the WAC standings with a 6-0 record in conference play, while Seattle U is in second place with a 5-1 mark.
Over in the Big West Conference, UC Davis freshman Matt Blais finally got to take to the mound after a disastrous collegiate debut back on February 19th. Blais held UC Riverside to only one hit and a walk in a scoreless two-inning relief outing on Sunday. He still has some work to do to make up for that tough initial outing, however, as the right-hander still sports an 11.25 ERA and 2.50 WHIP after four innings on the hill this season.
Adam (A.J.) Alcantara has only received eight at-bats for UC Irvine over the last couple of weeks. Although he was used in left field for a couple of games two weeks ago, Alcantar has moved back to his usual position in right field. The sophomore currently has a .268 / .375 / .293 slash line (BA / OBP / SLG) in 41 at-bats for the Anteaters this season.
Freshman right fielder Ben Polshuk continues to receive minimal playing time with the powerful Cal Poly Mustangs. Polshuk has a mere seven at-bats since the HarbourCats announced his signing on March 10th, and he is 1-for-16 at the plate this year. The other current HarbourCat on the Cal Poly squad, freshman Austin Dondanville, has yet to make his college debut on the mound.
Both UC Davis and UC Irvine swept their series this past weekend and they sit atop the Big West standings with an unblemished 3-0 record in conference play. The Cal Poly Mustangs, who are expected to battle Cal State Fullerton for the Big West title, start their conference schedule on Thursday.