May 29, 2007

First Teamer Blauer Leads Trio of UCSB Players Who Earn Easton/All-Big West Honors

May 29, 2007

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - First baseman Robbie Blauer was named First Team Easton/All-Big West, and catcher Chris McMurray and center fielder Chris Fox were selected Honorable Mention All-Big West, the conference announced on Tuesday.

Blauer, who finished second in the league's batting race, led the Gauchos in batting average (.398), at bats (211), hits (84), doubles (17), RBI (43), slugging percentage (.555), walks (37), on base percentage (.480) and sacrifice flies (six). He began the season by hitting in 24 straight games and he ended the campaign by hitting in the final 22 games. The Huntington Beach, Calif., native could be the first collegiate baseball player to produce two separate 20-plus game hitting streaks in the same season. He also had hits in 51 of 54 games on the year.

"He is very deserving of all-conference honors," said UCSB head coach Bob Brontsema. "Robbie had a great year and this is well-deserved."

Blauer's batting average of .398 was the sixth-best in school history and his career batting average of .367 is the fifth highest of all-time. Blauer's 24-game hitting streak to open the season was the second-longest in school history and his 22-game streak to end the season tied for the thrid-longest in school history. He was a Second Team All-Big West selection in 2006.

McMurray was a Second Team All-Big West selection in 2006. While he batted .264 in 2007, he was a rock behind the plate. Until being sidelined for the final four games of the campaign after being hit in the head with a batting practice line drive, he was the best defensive catcher in the league. In Big West play, McMurray tossed-out 67.0% of would-be base-stealers. McMurray, a native of Mission Viejo, Calif., also had eight extra base hits and 19 RBI.

Fox, a junior from Redondo Beach, Calif., missed the final two game of the season with an injured hand, but he had an outstanding first season with the Gauchos. He finished the year with a .328 batting average and he led the team with 40 run scored and 14 stolen bases. Fox was also outstanding defensively in center field.

"I'm happy that Chris McMurray and Chris Fox have been recognized after very good seasons," Brontsema said. "They were staples for us defensively and that needs to be recognized."