MONMOUTH, Ore. - University of California San Diego senior outfielder Jack Larsen has been named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) West Region Player of the Week for the final week of the regular season, May 1-7.
The winning player and pitcher from the three West Region conferences, the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), Pacific West Conference and Great Northwest Athletic Conference, vie for the NCBWA West Region awards.
Larsen, a Mission Viejo native and graduate of Capistrano Valley High School, was announced Tuesday as the CCAA Player of the Week for the second time this year and fifth time for his four-year career. He is UC San Diego's first regional honoree in 2017 on the fifth try, and now a two-time NCBWA West Region Player of the Week, having been previously chosen on March 1, 2016.
Larsen drove in 11 runs, the best single-series output of his college days, in No. 21 UCSD's four-game set with Cal State San Bernardino, which the Tritons won, three games to one. He batted .467 (7-for-15) and slugged 1.067, with a .600 on-base percentage, three doubles, two home runs, seven runs scored and five walks.
Larsen thus moves on to become eligible for the NCBWA's national weekly award, which will be announced on Thursday.
UC San Diego (32-15) arrived in Stockton on Tuesday afternoon for the 2017 CCAA Championship. The third-seeded Tritons open the six-team, double-elimination tournament against fourth-seeded Stanislaus State (34-16) in primetime on Wednesday night, May 10, with first pitch at Banner Island Ballpark slated for 7 p.m.