California's Canha, Arizona State's Leake Named Pac-10 Baseball Player and Pitcher Of The Week
March 3, 2009
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- CALIFORNIA sophomore outfielder/first baseman Mark Canha has been named the Pac-10 Baseball Player of the Week and ARIZONA STATE junior right-handed pitcher Mike Leake has been named Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 23 - Mar. 1, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Canha went 9-for-20 last week in Cal's wins over Vanderbilt (4-3) and at Santa Clara (12-2), and in its three-game sweep at Long Beach State. The San Jose, Calif., native totaled seven runs scored, two doubles, two home runs and five RBI for the Golden Bears. Canha posted a .850 slugging percenage and .500 on-base percentage. For the year, the sophomore is hitting .419, eighth in the Pac-10, and holds a .806 slugging percentage (4th in the Conference) and a .455 on-base percentage.
This is the first player of the week honor for Canha and the 43rd all-time for California.
Leake picked up a win on Feb. 26 as Arizona State defeated No. 15 Missouri, 2-1. It was a highly anticipated match-up of two of the nation's top pitchers. Leake went head-to-head with the Tigers' Kyle Gibson. He outdueled his Team USA teammate, carrying a no-hitter through seven innings before surrendering a hit in the top of the eighth. The Fallbrook, Calif., native struck out 10 batters and walked one in eight innings without giving up a run for the Sun Devils.
This is the first weekly pitching honor for Leake and the 52nd overall for Arizona State.
Also nominated (Player): Eddy Rodriguez, ORE; Stefen Romero, OSU; Casey Haerther, UCLA
Also nominated (Pitcher): Matt Flemer, CAL; Tyler Anderson, ORE; Jorge Reyes, OSU; Jeremy Johnson, WSU
2009 Pac-10 Players of the Week: Feb. 24 - Jason Kipnis, Jr., OF, ASU; Mar. 3 - Mark Canha, So., OF/1B, CAL
2009 Pac-10 Pitchers of the Week: Feb. 24 - Kevin Couture, Jr., RHP, USC; Mar. 3 - Mike Leake, Jr., RHP, ASU
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