Mathews Honored By Pac-10
April 14, 2003
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State outfielder Aaron Mathews has been named the Pacific-10 Baseball Player of the Week for April 7-13, it was announced Monday by Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen. It was the first conference Player of the Week or Pitcher of the Week honor for a Beaver this season.
Mathews, a sophomore from John Day, Ore. (Grant Union HS), batted .550 (11-for-20) with two home runs, two doubles, eight runs batted in, five runs scored and one stolen base during four games against Portland and Washington State. Mathews tied OSU's school record for hits in a game by going 5-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs in an 11-3 win over WSU on Saturday.
'I didn't know I'd tied the record,' Mathews said after that game. 'I was in a zone today. I just wanted to help our team win and that's a good way to do it, right there. I just got up to the plate and said 'You're not going to get it by me today'.'
Mathews had at least two hits in each of OSU's four games during the week. He's now batting .371 with two homers, two doubles and nine RBIs this season.
The honor came just a week after Mathews returned to action after missing nearly two months of the season after being hit by a pitch on Feb. 8. He had earned Freshman All-America honorable mention last season from Collegiate Baseball newspaper, batting .338 with two homers, three triples, five doubles, 26 RBIs and 10 stolen bases.