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Briefs: 'Eaters' Thurman honored

UCI pitcher who threw no-hitter against Long Beach State, collects top honors issued by Big West, Collegiate Baseball.

April 23, 2012
  • [UC Irvine sophomore pitcher Andrew Thurman earned Big West Conference and national player of the week honors after pitching a no-hitter Friday against Long Beach State.
[UC Irvine sophomore pitcher Andrew Thurman earned Big… (STEVEN GEORGES,…)

UC Irvine sophomore Andrew Thurman, who produced the school's fifth no-hitter on Friday against Long Beach State, was named Big West Conference Pitcher of the Week and the National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball.

Just six days after taking a no-hitter into the ninth inning against Cal State Fullerton, Thurman completed the feat against the Dirtbags at Blair Field. He struck out five, walked one and hit a batter. He threw 110 pitches, 67 for strikes, to post his first complete game.

Thurman hit the first batter then retired the next 23 before giving up a walk with two outs in the eighth. With only one run and one hit allowed in his last 17 innings, he has lowered his earned-run average to 3.26. He is now 4-2.

Thurman was named Big West Co-Pitcher of the Week for the week ending April 8, after flirting with his aforementioned no-hitter against then-No. 12-ranked Cal State Fullerton.

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Thurman, a right-hander, gave up an infield single to start the ninth inning. He walked the next batter and was then removed for a reliever. But he eventually earned the win in a 4-1 verdict.

He struck out six to share the honor with Dayne Quist of UC Davis, who tossed a three-hit shutout against Pacific.

Thurman was also named a Prime-time performer by College Baseball 360. This award takes into account an athlete's contribution not only in statistics, but in other qualities including leadership skills and team success.

— From staff reports

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Conlogue a victor

Courtney Conlogue, a Sage Hill School graduate, earned her first victory on the Assn. of Surfing Professionals Women's World Tour on Saturday, topping the field at the Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic on Dee Why Beach in Sydney, Australia.

Conlogue, who had won multiple ASP Six-Star events, pocketed $30,000 for the win and moves into fourth on the ASP world rankings.

Conlogue's final score was 13.17, giving her the decision over Malia Manuel of Hawaii, who totaled 11.56 points.

— From staff reports

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Fuerbringer shines

Matt Fuerbringer, a former volleyball and basketball star at Estancia High, teamed with Nick Lucena to finish second at the Brasilia Open beach volleyball tournament on Sunday in Brazil.

Fuerbringer and Lucena, the No. 4-seeded team, was defeated, 21-17, 21-18, in 44 minutes by the top-seeded duo of Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers.

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