OSU's Jenkins Is Pac-10 Player Of The Week
April 26, 2005
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State's Andy Jenkins has been named the Pacific-10 Baseball Player of the Week for April 18-24, it was announced Tuesday. Jenkins (Salem, Ore./South Salem HS, Mt. Hood CC), a senior first baseman, delivered game-winning hits twice in OSU's final at-bat as the Beavers swept a three-game series from Washington State last weekend.
Jenkins had at least two hits in each game against the Cougars and finished the series batting .615 (8-for-13) with one double, seven runs batted in, two runs scored, two walks, one stolen base and a .667 one-base percentage. He also played errorless defense during the series.
In Friday's game, Jenkins ended OSU's 5-4 win by singling home Tyler Graham from second with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning. In the second game of Sunday's doubleheader, he drove a three-run double into the right-centerfield gap with one out in the eighth inning to take OSU from a 6-4 deficit to a 7-6 victory.
'He's the chauffeur - he's driving everybody home,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said of Jenkins after the final game of the series. For the season, Jenkins is batting .388 with three home runs, eight doubles and 31 runs batted in with three stolen bases.
Jenkins' honor was the third time this season that the Pac-10 has honored an Oregon State player. Junior centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury was the Player of the Week for April 4-10, and sophomore lefthander Anton Maxwell was the Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 14-20.
The Beavers (30-7 overall, 9-3 Pacific-10) are tied for second in the Pacific-10 standings with Arizona State, one game behind Arizona. ASU visits Oregon State this weekend, with games set for Goss Stadium at Coleman Field on Friday at 5 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. All three games can be heard on KEJO-AM (1240).
Oregon State is ranked No. 11 in the nation in this week's USA Today/ESPN coaches poll and the Beavers are ranked as high as No. 6 by Baseball America magazine, No. 8 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll and No. 9 by Collegiate Baseball newspaper. ASU (28-15, 9-3) is ranked No. 20 both the in the coaches and writers polls and No. 17 by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball.