Women's soccer player Lexi Kopf and baseball player D.J. Crumlich have been named UCI's 2011-12 Big West Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Year.
Kopf, a biological sciences major, earned All-Big West first-team honors last fall when she scored 11 goals, including five game-winners. She also was a Capital One Academic All-District first-team selectee.
Crumlich, a business economics major, garnered All-Big West honors last season when he led the conference with 51 runs scored, tied for sixth in the league with 15 doubles and was seventh with 70 hits. He also made the Los Angeles Regional All-Tournament team.
The two seniors, along with male and female recipients from other conference schools, will be recognized at a breakfast ceremony March 8 during the Big West Basketball Tournament in Anaheim.
At least three UCI baseball games will be televised this season on the MLB Network and ESPNU.
The Anteaters' first scheduled screen appearance will be against Southern University at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, on the MLB Network. The contest will be broadcast live from Minute Maid Park in Houston as part of the Urban Invitational.
ESPNU will broadcast two games from Cicerone Field at Anteater Ballpark — the first, against Cal State Fullerton, at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 15, and the second against UC Santa Barbara at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 6.
The 2012 home opener for head coach Mike Gillespie's squad is against UNLV at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20. UCI hosts Washington in a three-game series Friday through Sunday, Feb. 24-26.
UCI men's and women's teams will compete March 8-10 in the 2012 Big West Basketball Tournament at Anaheim's Honda Center.
The men's quarterfinals take place Thursday, March 8, followed by the semifinals Friday, March 9, and the championship game at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 10.
The women's semifinals will be held Friday, March 9, with the final scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, March 10.
Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or by calling the UCI Athletics Ticket Office at 949-824-5000.
Three UCI soccer players were drafted into the professional ranks in January.
Seniors Miguel Ibarra and Andrew Fontein were selected in the Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft.
Ibarra, the 2011 Big West Co-Offensive Player of the Year, went in the second round to the Portland Timbers. Fontein, 2011 Big West Goalkeeper of the Year, was chosen in the third round by the Vancouver Whitecaps.
On the women's team, two-time All-American CoCo Goodson was taken 12th overall by the Philadelphia Independence of the Women's Professional Soccer league. Unfortunately, as of Jan. 30, the WPS had suspended its 2012 season due to a legal dispute with a former team owner.
Goodson, a senior who accumulated 12 goals, five game-winners and five assists in her two seasons at UCI, helped the Anteaters win consecutive Big West Conference regular-season championships and compete in back-to-back NCAA tournaments.