Highlanders earn conference recognition in baseball, track


On Tuesday, May 27, the Big West announced that eight members of the UC Riverside baseball team have been named to All-Conference teams.

Leftfielder Thomas Walker and pitcher Dylan Stuart were named to the First-Team All-Big West team. Both players had an excellent season. Walker took charge and led the Highlanders with a conference batting average of .348 and a .472 slug percentage. He also had the second-best on base percentage in the Big West with .404. Walker’s 18 RBIs also tied him at fifth place in the conference.

Stuart ended conference play with an outstanding ERA of 0.00 after his 34.0 innings this season. He also went 3-0 through the season and racked up four saves. Almost never starting a game, Stuart still finished third for the Highlanders with 68.2 innings pitched.

Outfielder Devyn Bolasky was named to the All-Big West Second Team and sported an impressive .336 overall batting average.

First baseman Francisco Tellez, second baseman Joe Chavez, shortstop Nick Vilter, rightfielder David Andriese and starting pitcher Jake Smigelski were All-Big West Honorable Mentions.

Chavez took the lead in the Big West with 22 stolen bases and was second in runs scored with 45. Vilter held a conference lead with 10 home runs this year, and earned the lead in the Big West with a .550 slugging percentage. Tellez tied for third in the league with his 45 RBIs. Andriese also made top 10, placing sixth in the league with 38 runs scored and 12 stolen bases.

Smigelski started every Friday night game, finished in 10th in innings pitched with 91.1 and managed to tie for fourth in the Big West with eight victories. The five conference wins he threw were also good for third place in the league.

Off the baseball field, UCR track and field alumna Brenda Martinez made waves as the anchor for the U.S. Women’s 4×800-meter relay team this past Sunday. At the inaugural International Association of Athletics Federations World Relays, the team not only brought home the gold medal but also set a new American record. The time of 8:01:58 beat the previous record by three seconds.


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