UCI Athletics honored 184 students as 2008-09 Big West Scholar-Athletes at a banquet June 4.
The Big West Conference awards the title to those who have maintained a high level of scholastic achievement while participating in intercollegiate athletics. UCI expanded eligibility for the designation to players on teams that do not participate in Big West-sponsored sports.
Lauren Collins (track & field) and Ben Orloff (baseball) were named UCI Scholar-Athletes of the Year, while Lauren Kellerman (women's volleyball) and Eric Pettis (baseball) were named Big West Scholar-Athletes of the Year.
UCI baseball's Ben Orloff, Daniel Bibona and Cory Hamilton were selected on the second day of the 2009 Major League Baseball draft.
Orloff, a ninth-round pick, was chosen by the Houston Astros, while Bibona was picked by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 16th round. Hamilton was drafted in the 23rd round by the Detroit Tigers.
On the final draft day, Casey Stevenson was a 38th-round choice by the Milwaukee Brewers, and Brian Hernandez went to the Cleveland Indians in the 39th round.
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Women's volleyball will kick off the 2009 schedule by competing in the Nevada Marriott Courtyard/Fairfield Invitational Aug. 28, announced first-year head coach Paula Weishoff.
UCI will meet UC Berkeley, which advanced to regional action in the 2008 NCAA tournament, then take on University of Connecticut and host team University of Nevada Aug. 29.
The Anteaters will return to Crawford Court to host the UC Irvine Invitational, facing Montana State University and Northeastern University Sept. 4 and University of Maryland, Baltimore County Sept. 5.
Former UCI baseball player Ben Orloff has received the 2009 Brooks Wallace Award, given by the College Baseball Foundation to the best college shortstop of the year. It's the first time the annual award — named after former Texas Tech player and assistant coach Brooks Wallace — honored the nation's finest shortstop since its creation in 2004. Previous awards were given to the best national player.
Orloff was UCI's first Big West Conference Player of the Year in 2009 and was named to the Irvine Regional All-Tournament team after hitting .353 in the postseason, with three RBIs and three runs scored. He also set four program records, becoming UCI's all-time leader in games played (241), at bats (877), runs scored (178) and hits (281).
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