NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
After a standout performance in which he had two game-winning hits to lead the Matadors to a series victory over UC Irvine, Northridge center fielder Nathan Ring has been named the Madness Baseball Big West Player of the Week, College Sports Madness announced today.
On Saturday, May 12, Ring had a two-run double in the bottom of the fifth inning that stood up as the game-winning hit as it put the Matadors ahead 5-1 in a game they would go on to win 6-3. The victory was the first for Cal State Northridge over the Anteaters since the 2008 season.
Then on Sunday, May 13, Ring followed up his performance with a walkoff single in the bottom of the ninth to clinch the series. Despite not having a hit in the game to that point, he singled to left center on a 2-2 pitch with two outs to score Ryan Raslowsky from third. The single helped the Matadors rally from a 4-0 deficit to win 5-4 and take the series from UC Irvine for the first time since 2004.
Ring, a junior out of Litchfield, Ariz., now has a .276 batting average with nine doubles, 17 RBIs and 22 runs scored. He also leads the team with seven stolen bases on the year.
College Sports Madness identifies the highest impact players nationally and from each conference in a weekly feature. The entire list of honorees for the week of games ending on May 13 can be found by clicking here.