Men's Athletes of the Week
Conference names IVC's Cruz as Men's Athlete of Week
March 3, 2014 - Imperial Valley College baseball player Isaiah Cruz has been named Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Men's Athlete of the Week.
Cruz, the Arabs' sophomore center fielder from Central Union High School in El Centro, went 6-for-9 for the week with three doubles and four runs scored even though IVC dropped a pair of conference games.
Last Tuesday, Cruz was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in a loss to San Diego Mesa. He went 4-for-5 with two doubles, three runs scored and an RBI in an 18-9 slugfest loss to Southwestern.
Honorable mention for the week went to Palomar baseball player Emilio Esquibel, San Diego City College baseball player J.P. Rios, Grossmont baseball player Kacy Smith and Mt. San Jacinto basketball player Dewayne Benjamin.
Esquibel, a sophomore right-handed pitcher from Vista High School, threw five innings of three-hit, shutout ball to pick up the win in the defending champion and first-place Comets' 10-0 win over San Diego City. In two starts in the conference, one week apart, Esquibel threw 11 1/3 shutout innings, scattering six hits.
Rios, a sophomore outfielder from St. Augustine High School, went 3-for-6 with a double and three RBIs in the Knights' 11-8, 11-inning win over Grossmont.
Smith, a sophomore center fielder from Helix Charter High School, was 4-for-7 with three doubles and an RBI as the Griffins pounded out 20 hits in their loss to City College.
PCAC Northern Division Player of the Year Benjamin, a 6-foot-6 sophomore guard from Northside High School in Lafayette, LA who has signed with Oregon, led the Eagles to a 78-56 regional rout of Ventura with 20 points and five rebounds. He was PCAC Athlete of the Week back on Nov. 17. An individual can only be named Athlete of the Week once in the same sport in the same season.