Arizona State's Brian Flores and Kiel Roling Earn Pac-10 Baseball Weekly Honors
March 20, 2007
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - ARIZONA STATE sophomore catcher/designated hitter Kiel Roling has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Baseball Player of the Week while the Sun Devils junior left-handed pitcher Brian Flores has been named Pitcher of the Week for March 13-19, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Roling, of Grand Junction, Colo., was an RBI machine during the week, helping lead the Sun Devils to a perfect 6-0 mark. Roling went 12-20 (.600) with 15 RBI, 11 runs scored, two walks and seven extra base hits, including two home runs. The sophomore compiled all those numbers despite not playing in the first game of the doubleheader on St. Patrick's Day. Roling had eight RBIs in the second game, falling one short of tying the school record. He also scored six runs in that game, tying a school mark.
Flores, from Carlsbad, N.M., was masterful on the hill for the Sun Devils, going 2-0 while allowing only one earned run. The junior threw a complete game against Kansas State on Wednesday, then followed that up by picking up the win over Maine on Sunday. In his two starts, Flores allowed only 10 hits and two runs (one earned) while striking out 12 over his two starts.
The Player of the Week honor is the first of Roling's career, while it is the 80th such honor for Arizona State. The Pitcher of the Week honor is also the first for Flores and marks the 50th selection all-time for Arizona State. The last time a single school swept the Player and Pitcher of the Week honors was May 23, 2006 when Oregon State's Mitch Canham and Dallas Buck received the honors. As for the Sun Devils', the last time they earned both weekly honors was Feb., 24, 2004 when Dustin Pedroia was named Player of the Week and Jason Urquidez garnered the Pitcher of the Week honor.
Also nominated for Player of the Week: Josh Satin, CAL; Jordan Lennerton, OSU; Paul Gran, WSU.
Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week: Alex Rollin, CAL; Mike Stutes, OSU; Nick Haughian, WASH; Wayne Daman, WSU.
2007 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 13 -Brad Glenn, So., OF, ARIZ; Feb. 20 - Brandon Crawford, So., SS., UCLA; Feb. 27 - David Cooper, So., 1B, CAL; March 6 - Sean Ratliff, So., OF, STAN; March 13 - Curt Rindal, Sr, 1B, WASH; March 20 - Kiel Roling, So., C/DH, ASU.
2007 PAC-10 PITCHERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 13 - Josh Satow, Jr., LHP, ASU; Feb. 20 - Preston Guilmet, So., RHP, ARIZ; Feb. 27 - Tyson Brummett, Sr., RHP, UCLA; March 6 - Connor Lambert, Fr., RHP, WSU; March 13 -Preston Guilmet, So., RHP, ARIZ; March 20 - Brian Flores, Jr., RHP, ASU.