Baseball Pitcher/Player of the Week (4/16/01)

April 16, 2001

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - ARIZONA junior right fielder Shelley Duncan has been named Pac-10 Baseball Player of the Week and USC junior right-hander Mark Prior has been named Pac-10 Baseball Pitcher of the Week for April 2-8, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Duncan, from Tucson, Ariz., became the second Wildcat in six days, the 11th overall and 22nd Pac-10 player to hit for the cycle. Against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Duncan went 8-for-13 (.615), including a double, triple and three home runs. He also scored eight times and drove in 10 runs. In his hitting for the cycle performance, he finished 5-for-5 with five runs scored and six RBI. Duncan leads the Pac-10 with 19 round-trippers and needs only four more to tie the school record for home runs in a season.

Prior, from Bonita, Calif., recorded his third complete game of the season against California on April 12. He pitched to two batters over the minimum, notching a shutout by striking out 14 batters and allowing only two hits. Prior leads the Pac-10 in victories, ERA, opponents batting average and strikeouts. He is 10-1 with a 1.20 ERA, and has allowed only four earned runs in his last 41 innings.

The Player of the Week honor is the second for Duncan in his career, and the 36th selection all-time for Arizona. The Pitcher of the Week honor is the third for Prior in his career, and the 45th selection all-time for USC.

Also nominated for Player of the Week were Casey Myers, ASU, Carson White, CAL, Ryan Garko, STAN, Brian Baron, UCLA. Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week were Chris Goodman/Jason Martinez, ARIZ, Aaron Klusman, ASU, David Cash, CAL, Jeff Bruksch, STAN, Paul Diaz, UCLA, Shawn Kohn, WASH.

2001 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 26 - Brian Baron, UCLA, Mar. 5 - Seth Davidson, USC, Mar. 13 - Andy Jarvis, OSU, Mar. 20 - Ernie Durazo, ARIZ, Mar. 27 - Bryan Ingram, Apr. 2 - Bookie Gates, WSU, Apr. 9 - Matt Abram, ARIZ, Apr. 16 - Shelley Duncan, ARIZ.

2001 PAC-10 PITCHERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 26 - Jeff Bruksch, STAN, Mar. 5 - Jeremy Guthrie, STAN, Mar. 13 - Jeremy Guthrie, STAN, Mar. 20 - Mark Prior, USC, Mar. 27 - Mark Prior, USC, Apr. 2 - Scott Nicholson, OSU, Apr. 9 - Jeff Bruksch, STAN, Apr. 16 - Mark Prior, USC.

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