Arizona State's Eric Sogard Named Pac-10 Baseball Player of the Week; Washington's Tim Lincecum Named Pitcher of the Week

April 18, 2006

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - ARIZONA STATE sophomore second baseman Eric Sogard has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Baseball Player of the Week and WASHINGTON junior right-handed pitcher Tim Lincecum has been named Pitcher of the Week for Apr. 11 - 17, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Sogard, from Phoenix, Ariz., went 8-for-13 (.615) during Arizona State's 2-1 series win over then-No. 20 USC. He knocked in six runs against the Trojans, including four in Saturday's 10-9 series clincher. Sogard hit two home runs in that game, both two-run shots that gave the Sun Devils a lead. Five of his eight hits in the series went for extra bases. He also scored seven times, drew three walks and played perfect defense in the Pac-10 series. Sogard's performance last weekend raised his season average to .406, which ranks second in the Conference.

Lincecum, from Renton, Wash., picked up his eighth win on Thursday against Brigham Young. In his six innings against the Cougars, Lincecum allowed only one hit, no runs and one walk while striking out 14. On Monday, the junior picked up the save over Portland, allowing one hit and one walk, while striking out six in two innnings of work. Lincecum has not allowed a run in his last 36 2/3 innings on the mound, and over his last 50 innings, he has allowed only 14 hits and one earned run. Lincecum leads the nation with 129 strikeouts.

The Player of the Week honor is the first of Sogard's career, while it is the 79th such honor for Arizona State. The Pitcher of the Week honor is the eighth for Lincecum since 2004 and the school's 37th selection all-time. Lincecum is the first pitcher to earn four weekly honors in a season since USC's Sean Etherton was named Conference Pitcher of the Week four times in 1997. Lincecum is also the first to earn four consecutive honors since Arizona State's Sean Rees earned four straight awards in 1990.

Also nominated for Player of the Week: Brennan Boesch, CAL; Cole Gillespie, OSU; Matt Hague, WASH.

Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week: Brandon Morrow, CAL; Dallas Buck, OSU.

2006 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 14 - Cyle Hankerd, USC; Feb. 21 - Matt Stevens, WASH; Feb. 28 - Andy Lentz, WASH; Mar. 7 - Ike Davis, ASU; Mar. 14 - Matt Stevens, WASH; Mar. 21 - Hector Ambriz, UCLA; Mar. 28 - Jay Miller, WSU; Apr. 4 - Andrew Romine, ASU; Apr. 11 - Zach Clem, WASH; Apr. 18 -Eric Sogard, ASU.

2006 PAC-10 PITCHERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 14 - Wayne Daman, Jr., WSU; Feb. 21 - Ian Kennedy, USC; Feb. 28 - David Stringer, STAN; Mar. 7 - Tyson Brummett, UCLA; Mar. 14 - Hector Ambriz, UCLA; Mar. 21 - John Dunn, USC; Mar. 28 - Tim Lincecum, WASH; Apr. 4 - Tim Lincecum, WASH; Apr. 11 - Tim Lincecum, WASH; Apr. 18 -Tim Lincecum, WASH.

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