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Awards for Erickson, Jablonsky

March 21, 2006

A pair of UC Irvine athletes received conference and national honors for their play last week.

Pitcher Blair Erickson was named the Big West Conference's Pitcher of the Week for the week ending March 19. Meanwhile, men's volleyball player Jayson Jablonsky was chosen as the American Volleyball Coaches' Assn.'s National Player of the Week for the same time period.

Erickson pitched in three of the Anteaters' four games last week, earning a victory and two saves as UCI went 4-0.

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With the two saves, the junior took over second place in the Big West record books for saves in a career with 35, passing former Cal State Fullerton closer Chad Cordero in the process. He is 11 saves away from tying the conference record of 46 set by Long Beach State's Gabe Gonzalez from 1992-95.

In 5 1/3 innings last week, Erickson allowed one hit and struck out seven batters. He matched a career best with four strikeouts on Saturday in a 10-7 victory over Oral Roberts.

Regarded as one of the top closers in college baseball, Erickson has a 1.47 earned-run average in 18 1/3 innings this season with eight saves.

The Anteaters baseball team travels to Arizona this weekend for a two-game series with the Wildcats before starting the conference campaign.

Jablonsky led the UCI men's volleyball team to a pair of victories as it defended its No. 1 ranking for the first time this season.

The outside hitter had 15 kills, 10 digs and two blocks in a three-game sweep of USC, and then had 17 kills, nine digs and three aces in a four-game victory over Pepperdine. The junior hit .500 against USC and .351 against Pepperdine.

The victory over the Waves gave the Anteaters 21 victories this season, setting a new school record.

The UCI men are off until March 30, when they play host to UC San Diego.

The award is Jablonsky's second this season.dpt.22-jablonsky-BPhotoInfoSR1P6HTH20060322iwidt4kn(LA)Jayson Jablonsky dpt.22-erickson-BPhotoInfoSR1P6HH620060322hur1m5n1(LA)UC Irvine's Blair Erickson is the Big West Conference Pitcher of the Week.

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