Pac-10 Baseball Player/Pitcher of the Week (5/14/01)

May 14, 2001

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - UCLA senior second baseman Josh Canales has been named Pac-10 Baseball Player of the Week and USC senior right-hander Rik Currier has been named Pac-10 Baseball Pitcher of the Week for May 7-May 14, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Canales, from Carson, Calif., hit .647 over four games last week, helping the Bruins to an upset win over then-No. 1 Cal State Fullerton and two victories over Oregon State. Canales went 11-for-17 at the plate while knocking in three runs and scoring four. He also swiped two bases. Canales is batting .446 on the season, riding a 20-game hitting streak and has batted safely in 35 of his last 36 games.

Currier, from Dana Point, Calif., set a new USC and Pac-10 record with his 421st career strikeout, surpassing the record of 420 held by former teammate Seth Etherton. With his season-high 12 strikeout performance against WSU, Currier notched his first solo shutout of the season. He allowed no runs on only five hits. Currier won his sixth straight game for the Trojans and is now 10-1 on the year with a 2.34 ERA.

The Player of the Week honor is the first for Canales in his career, and the 35th selection all-time for UCLA. The Pitcher of the Week honor is the first for Currier in his career, and the 48th selection all-time for USC.

Also nominated for Player of the Week were Brooks Conrad, ASU, Conor Jackson, CAL, Chris Biles, OSU, Chris O'Riordan, STAN.

Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week was Trevor Hutchinson, CAL.

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, Apr. 30 - Mike Lopez, ASU, May 7 - Rob Meyer, CAL, May 14 - Josh Canales, UCLA.

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, Apr. 30 - Mark Prior, USC, May 7 - Mike Esposito, ASU, May 14 - Rik Currier, USC.

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