Pac-10 Baseball Player/Pitcher of the Week
April 15, 2002
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - STANFORD junior designated hitter Jason Cooper has been named Pac-10 Baseball Player of the Week and CALIFORNIA sophomore right-hander Matt Brown has been named Pac-10 Baseball Pitcher of the Week for Apr. 9-15, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Cooper, from Moses Lake, Wash., hit .400 (6-for-15) and helped Stanford to a 3-1 record last week. Cooper knocked out four home runs and drove in 10 runs while adding a double and six runs scored. He hit the first homer in the bottom of the eighth in Stanford's 5-4 comeback win over San Jose State. He had the second two-home run game of his career and added four RBI in the Cardinal's 11-16 loss to USC and hit a three-run homer the next day in Stanford's 15-4 win over the Trojans. On the season he is batting .400 with a career-high 10 home runs and team-high 39 RBI in 30 games played.
Brown, from Danville, Calif., threw his first career complete game in the Golden Bears' 2-1 win over Arizona. Brown, who is usually California's closer and the Pac-10 leader in saves (6), improved his record to 4-1 by allowing just one run on four hits with one walk and a career-high 10 strikeouts.
The Player of the Week honor is the first for Cooper in his career. It is the 50th selection all-time for Stanford. The Pitcher of the Week honor is the first for Brown in his career, and the 23rd selection all-time for California.
Also nominated for Player of the Week were John Hardy, ARIZ, Steve Garrabrants, ASU, Brian Barden, OSU, Aaron Hathaway, WASH, Collin Henderson, WSU. Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week were Sean Rierson, ARIZ, Robbie McClellan, ASU, Ben Rowe, OSU, Wes Whisler, UCLA, Eddie Bonine, WSU.
2002 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Mar. 12 - Adam Berry, UCLA, Mar. 19 - Jay Garthwaite, WASH, Mar. 26 - Andre Ethier, ASU, Apr. 1 - Jay Garthwaite, WASH, Apr. 8 - Jeremy West, ASU, Apr. 15 - Jason Cooper, STAN.
2002 PAC-10 PITCHERS OF THE WEEK: Mar. 12 - Robbie McClellan, ASU, Mar. 19 - Jon Williams, USC, Mar. 26 - Marc Kaiser, ARIZ, Apr. 1 - Mike Esposito, ASU, Apr. 8 - Trevor Hutchinson, CAL, Apr. 15 - Matt Brown, CAL.