Sophomore catcher Beau Fraser hit home runs in back-to-back games the past two days. His latest shot, a grand slam, helped University of Portland snap a four-game losing streak, as the Pilots beat host Utah Valley 10-4 on Friday.
Fraser, an Aptos High graduate, had a home run and three RBIs in a 8-7, 10-inning loss on Thursday to Utah Valley.
Fraser has three home runs on the season, but he’s doing more than hitting for power. He’s made 14 starts and played error-free defense, posting 1.000 fielding percentage while making 35 putouts and eight assists. He’s thrown out three of six would-be base stealers.
Offensively, he’s leads the team in home runs, RBIs , and is second in batting [.392 average], hits [20-for-51] and doubles [three].
Fraser played in 40 games as a freshman and started 34 of them. He had a team-high 13 game hitting streak and posted a fielding percentage of 1.000 on the season, making him just the 10th player in program history [with a minimum of 75 attempts] to accomplish the feat.
Fraser and the Pilots [11-6 overall] make a Bay Area appearance April 1-3, when they take on host Santa Clara University in West Coast Conference play. Fraser’s high school teammate Andrew Biancardi, also a sophomore, plays for SCU.