Pac-10 Baseball Pitcher/Player of the Week (4/23/01)

April 23, 2001

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - OREGON STATE sophomore third baseman Brian Barden 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 16-22, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Barden, from Bonita, Calif., was instrumental in helping the Beavers sweep the Cougars last weekend. Barden capped an 11-for-18 week, with a clutch bottom-of-the-ninth, two-out grand slam that gave Oregon State an 8-7 win over Washington State. In the series against the Cougars, Barden batted .643 with two home runs, three doubles, 12 RBI and five runs scored. He also scored and drove in a run against Concordia in a midweek game.

Prior, from Bonita, Calif., recorded his fourth complete game in five Pac-10 starts against then-No. 1 Stanford on April 20. He allowed only one run on five hits, while striking out 12 batters and giving up only one walk. Prior is now 11-1 with a 1.18 ERA. This is his second consecutive and fourth Pitcher of the Week honor this season.

The Player of the Week honor is the first for Barden in his career, and the 46th selection all-time for Oregon State. The Pitcher of the Week honor is the fourth for Prior in his career, and the 46th selection all-time for USC.

Also nominated for Player of the Week were Brian Anderson, ARIZ, Rod Allen, ASU, Carson White, CAL, Carlos Quentin, STAN. Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week were Andy Torres, ASU, Rik Currier, USC, 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, Apr. 23 - Brian Barden, OSU.

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, Apr. 23 - Mark Prior, USC.

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