Ryan Ortiz Named Pac-10 Player Of The Week
April 6, 2009
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Ryan Ortiz's single to center in the 11th inning Sunday gave the Oregon State baseball team a 5-4 extra-innings victory over California and its first Pacific-10 Conference sweep since the 2006 season.
On Monday, that single to center helped land Ortiz Pac-10 Player of the Week honors as announced by league commissioner Tom Hansen.
Ortiz was honored by the league as its Player of the Week after hitting safely in all three games against the Golden Bears. He finished the weekend 6-for-12 with four runs batted in, a walk and a double. He punctuated his weekend by going 3-for-5 with two RBI in the extra-innings affair on Sunday. The final RBI scored Adalberto Santos from third and gave the Beavers their fourth straight victory.
A native of San Diego, he opened the weekend by going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI on Friday. He then moved his hit streak to two games on Saturday by finishing 1-for-4 with one run in the 6-2 victory over the Golden Bears.
The junior posted a .667 slugging percentage and .571 on-base percentage on the weekend. He now has seven multiple-hit games and six multiple-RBI efforts this season. By batting .500 for the weekend, he also pushed his season average to .304.
It is Ortiz's second career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor and the 55th all-time for the Beavers.
Oregon State next plays at Arizona in a Thursday through Saturday series in Tucson, Ariz. First pitch at the series opener Thursday is slated for 7 p.m. PT. Catch each of the games live on the Beaver Sports Network and Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com).
Oregon State (18-6 overall, 5-1 Pac-10) jumped to No. 16 in Baseball America's top 25 rankings and to No. 17 in Collegiate Baseball's poll on Monday. The Beavers are also ranked No. 20 by Rivals.com.
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