UCLA's Brandon Crawford and Arizona's Preston Guilmet Earn Pac-10 Baseball Weekly Honors
Feb. 20, 2007
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - UCLA sophomore shortstop Brandon Crawford has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Baseball Player of the Week and ARIZONA sophomore right-handed pitcher Preston Guilmet has been named Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 12-18, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Crawford, from Pleasanton, Calif., hit .454 (5-for-11) in the Bruins' weekend sweep of East Carolina and was 8-for-15 (.533) in UCLA's four wins last week. With the Bruins trailing 7-5 in the bottom of the eighth on Saturday, Crawford blasted a two-out grand slam to lift UCLA past East Carolina, 9-7. The sophomore recorded four runs, one double, one home run and four stolen bases over the weekend. In addition to his outstanding performance against East Carolina, he led UCLA with a 3-for-4 outing and scored two runs in the Bruins' 3-2 victory over UC Riverside. Last week's performance extended his hitting streak to 10 games, all coming this season.
Guilmet, a native of Citrus Height, Calif., out dueled Cal State Fullerton preseason All-American Wes Roemer last Friday in Arizona's 2-1 win over the Titans. The right-hander tied his career high with nine strikeouts against just one walk, while surrendering an unearned run on five hits over 7 2/3 innings. Guilmet struck out the first four Titan batters he faced in the contest on the minimum of 12 pitches and retired seven of the first 10 outs in the game on strikes. Guilmet, who went eight hitless innings in his 2007 debut against Gonzaga, is 2-0 for the year with a 1.23 ERA in 22 innings of work. He has 17 strikeouts this year against just four walks and limited the opposition to a .151 batting average against him.
The Player of the Week honor is the first of Crawford's career, while it is the 46th such honor for UCLA. The Pitcher of the Week honor is also the first for Guilmet, and the 34th selection all-time for Arizona.
Also nominated for Player of the Week: Jeff Kobernus, CAL; Joey Wong, OSU; Sean Ratliff, STAN; J.J. Owen, USC; Jeff Miller, WSU.
Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week: Craig Bennigson, CAL; Blake Keitzman, OSU; Tyson Brummett, UCLA; Ryan Cook, USC; Nick Ison, WSU.
2006 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 13 -Brad Glenn, So., OF, ARIZ; Feb. 20 - Brandon Crawford, So., SS., UCLA.
2006 PAC-10 PITCHERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 13 - Josh Satow, Jr., LHP, ASU; Feb. 20 - Preston Guilmet, So., RHP, ARIZ.