The California baseball team started the week by earning a No. 10 ranking from the NCBWA, No. 9 from Baseball America, No. 11 from D1Baseball.com and No. 13 by ESPN, and late Monday, sophomore catcher Brett Cumberland scored his first Pac-12 Player of the Week award, thanks to an 8-for-13 (.625) week against San Francisco and UCLA.
The Bears (18-6, 7-2 in Pac-12) sit atop the conference, and went 4-0 this week.
Cumberland, out of Turlock, Calif., went 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBIs in a 5-3 win over the Bruins, and now leads the Pac-12 in batting average (.425), home runs (10), RBI (26), slugging percentage (.904) and one-base percentage (.552). Cumberland is also third nationally in surging percentage, seventh in home runs, eighth in OBP and 19th in batting.
Cumberland's 10 home runs through 24 games, and 73 at-bats, put him on pace for 28 home runs for the season, easily surpassing program single-season home run leader Xavier Nady, who hit 23 in 1999, head coach David Esquer's first season.
Over his last six games, Cumberland has gone 10-for-19 at the plate with four home runs, nine RBIs, three HBPs, eight runs scored and a stolen base.