Austin Bush Named Big West Field Player of the Week

Austin Bush (photo by Eric Isaacs)
Austin Bush (photo by Eric Isaacs)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara junior first baseman has been voted as the Big West Conference Field Player of the Week, the league announced on Monday afternoon. 

The Turlock, Calif. native had a huge week at the plate for UCSB, swatting four home runs to extend his conference-leading total to 14 on the season. In the process, he has tied for the sixth-most single-season home runs in UCSB history and is now eighth in school history for career roundtrippers (28).

He is the Gauchos' single-season and career record holder for home runs in the BBCOR era. 

Bush opened the week with a 2-4 performance at St. Mary's, hitting a go-ahead home run in the top of the fifth inning. He then put the Gauchos up early in the team's series opener at Cal State Fullerton with a two-run shot to center field in the first inning. 

He saved his best performance of the week for Saturday, putting the Gauchos on the board in the fifth with a two-run blast to right before cementing the 6-3 win with an opposite field two-run homer in the ninth. 

Bush finished the week by going 1-3 with a walk and a double in the Sunday finale at Goodwin Field. 

This is the second career Big West Field Player of the Week award in Bush's career, with the first honor coming after being named MVP of the inaugural Tony Gwynn Classic tournament during the 2016 season. 

Bush and the rest of the Gauchos will travel to USC on Wednesday night for the final road midweek game of the season. First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m.