Ellsbury Is Pac-10 Player Of The Week

April 12, 2005

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State's Jacoby Ellsbury was named the Pacific-10 Baseball Player of the Week for April 4-10, it was announced Tuesday. Ellsbury (Madras, Ore./Madras HS) had at least two hits in each game as he led Oregon State to a series win at nationally-ranked Stanford, extending his hitting streak to 13 games in the process.

Ellsbury batted .583 (7-for-12) with one home run, two doubles, six runs batted in, three runs and one stolen base for a 1.000 slugging percentage; he also had three walks and one hit by pitch for a .688 on-base percentage during the week.

Ellsbury singled home the tying and winning runs with two out in the eighth inning as OSU rallied from a 7-5 deficit to a 9-7 win in the opening game of the series, giving him four RBIs in the game. He then homered as the Beavers came back from a 9-2 deficit to win the second game 11-10.

Ellsbury also had a pair of acrobatic catches to rob Cardinal hitters of extra-base hits in the second game of the series, with a diving catch in the left-centerfield gap to deny Adam Sorgi and a leaping grab at the top of the wall that took a possible homer away from John Mayberry Jr. For the series, Ellsbury had 15 putouts and played errorless defense.

Ellsbury is now batting .461 with five homers, two triples, 12 doubles, 30 RBIs and 17 stolen bases for the season, including a .600 batting average in conference play with one homer, two doubles, eight RBIs and four stolen bases.

OSU (26-5 overall, 5-1 Pacific-10) now goes to Arizona (24-10, 8-1) for a matchup of the teams atop the Pac-10 standings. The Beavers are ranked No. 15 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll, No. 11 by Baseball America magazine and Collegiate Baseball newspaper, and No. 12 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association; Arizona is ranked No. 8 in both the coaches and writers polls, and No. 6 by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball.

Oregon State and Arizona will meet on Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 12 noon; game time for the finale has been moved up one hour from previous schedules. All three games can be heard on KEJO-AM (1240) and www.osubeavers.com.

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