4/25/2012 2:07:20 PM
• Five Pac-12 teams are ranked in Baseball America’s top 25 poll: OREGON (10), ARIZONA (11), UCLA (12), STANFORD (13) and ARIZONA STATE (23).
• Pac-12 Player of the Week Alex Blandino is also the NCBWA National Hitter of the Week and one of Louisville Slugger’s National Players of the Week. The Stanford freshman went 9-for-16 (.563) over four games, racking up eight runs, four home runs, 11 RBI, one double and a steal, leading to a 1.375 slugging percentage and a .611 on-base percentage. He homered in four of his first seven at-bats last week, including two against then-No. 20 Arizona State on Friday. The Palo Alto, Calif., native hit the game-winning, two-out single in the ninth on Saturday and then contributed two runs, an RBI single and a steal on Sunday to help Stanford sweep ASU for the first time since 1999. The NCBWA now has honored a Pac-12 slugger as the National Hitter of the Week in back-to-back weeks, with UCLA junior Beau Amaral earning the honor last week.
• Four Pac-12 pitchers have been named to the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s initial watch list for the Pitcher of the Year award: Arizona junior Kurt Heyer, Arizona State junior Brady Rodgers and sophomore Trevor Williams, and Oregon sophomore Jimmie Sherfy. The winner will be announced on June 30 in Lubbock, Texas, as part of the annual College Baseball Night of Champions.
• Stanford’s Blandino, Oregon State freshman LHP Jace Fry and Oregon freshman LHP Jordan Spencer have been named to College Baseball 360’s Primetime Performers Honor Roll for Week 10. Fry, the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week, and Spencer each threw complete-game shutouts last week. Fry struck out six and needed just 107 pitches to finish off then-No. 11 UCLA as he improved to 4-2 on the season. Jordan faced only two batters over the minimum as he struck out a career-best five batters and tossed the first complete-game shutout of his career in just his third collegiate start.
• ASU produced seven runs in the bottom of the seventh inning versus Arizona last Tuesday to overcome a three-run deficit and beat the Wildcats, 12-8, to take the first of five meetings between the in-state rivals this season. Sun Devil junior Andrew Aplin led off the game with a home run, becoming the first ASU player to do so since Drew Maggi on May 29, 2010.
Go Devils !!