Arizona's Bill Rhinehart and Arizona State's Brian Flores Earn Pac-10 Baseball Weekly Honors
May 22, 2007
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - ARIZONA senior outfielder Bill Rhinehart has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Baseball Player of the Week and ARIZONA STATE junior left-handed pitcher Brian Flores has been named Pitcher of the Week for May 15-22, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Rhinehart, of Citrus Heights, Calif., made his final three regular season home games memorable ones, as he led Arizona to a Pac-10 series sweep over Washington at Jerry Kindall Field in Tucson. The senior became just the 12th player at Arizona since 1950 to hit for the cycle in UA's series sweeping win on Sunday. He finished the contest 4-for-6 with his 14th double of the year, his third triple, his team-high-tying 10th home run, four RBI and a pair of runs scored. He collected the last remaining hit needed for the cycle, a double, with two outs in Arizona's final at bat of the game in the eighth. For the weekend Rhinehart batted .600 (9-for-15) with four doubles, the triple and the homer. He collected five RBI and scored five runs while posting a .625 on-base percentage. With six of his nine hits on the weekend going for two or more bases, Rhinehart slugged at an impressive 1.200 clip.
Flores, of Carlsbad, N.M., was magnificent in his two starts this week, going 2-0, helping lead Arizona State to a sweep of the Oregon State Beavers in Corvallis. Flores threw 13 innings, allowed only 7 hits and 2 runs while striking out 14 in his victories over Utah Valley State and Oregon State. His performance on Sunday was masterful, as he threw a complete game one-hitter against the Beavers, securing the series sweep and a share of the Pac-10 title.
The Player of the Week honor is the first of Rhinehart's career, while it is the 50th such honor for Arizona. The Pitcher of the Week honor is the second for Flores, the second of the season as well, and marks marks the 51st selection all-time for Arizona State.
Also nominated for Player of the Week: Eric Sogard, ASU; David Cooper, CAL; Michael Taylor, STAN; Gabe Cohen, UCLA.
Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week: Preston Guilmet, ARIZ; Matt Gorgen, CAL; Jeremy Bleich, STAN; Wayne Daman Jr., 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; March 27 - Brett Wallace, So., 1B, ASU; April 3 - Jon Gaston, So., OF, ARIZ; April 10 - Kiel Roling, So., C/DH, ASU; April 17 - Cody Decker, So., Inf/C, UCLA; April 24 - Travis Coulter, So., DH, WSU; May 1 - Adam Sorgi, Jr., Inf, STAN; May 8 - T.J. Steele, So., OF, ARIZ; May 15 - Matt Spencer, Jr., OF/LHP, ASU; May 22 - Bill Rhinehart, Sr., OF, ARIZ.
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; March 27 - Nick Hagadone, Jr., LHP, WASH; April 3 - Tyson Brummett, Sr., RHP, UCLA; April 10 - Brad Boxberger, Fr., RHP, USC; April 17 - Preston Guilmet, So., RHP, ARIZ; April 24 - Ross Humes, So., LHP, WSU; May 1 - Tyson Brummett, Sr., RHP, UCLA; May 8 - Preston Guilmet, So., RHP, ARIZ; May 15 - Jayson Miller, Jr., LHP, WSU; May 22 - Brian Flores, Jr., LHP, ASU.