Fresno State baseball swept the weekly Mountain West awards, with outfielder Brody Russell named conference player of the week and Jake Shull named pitcher of the week.
Fresno State began its season with a three-game series sweep against UC Irvine, which played in last year’s College World Series.
Russell, a junior, batted .583 (7 for 12) with a homer, three runs and five RBIs. He had three hits during Fresno State’s come-from-behind 7-5 win in the series finale, delivering a two-run homer in the eighth for the go-ahead runs.
Shull, a junior right-hander, earned two of the Bulldogs’ wins. He threw the two scoreless innings in a 5-4 season-opening win then returned two days later to record the final five outs in the series finale.
It was the first Mountain West weekly honors in the careers of both players.
Fresno State, which swept a season-opening series for the first time since 2011, hosts Cal Poly (0-3) at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday. The Mustangs, the defending Big West champs, were ranked No. 13 in the Collegiate Baseball preseason poll but were swept by Baylor to start this season.
Freshman left-hander Ricky Thomas is expected to start for Fresno State against Cal Poly right-handed freshman Andrew Bernstein.
The Bulldogs lead the series 113-63 but have lost 18 of the past 24 meetings.