Cal's Dixon Anderson Named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week
May 11, 2009
WALNUT CREEK, CALIF. - California freshman right-hander Dixon Anderson has been named the Pac-10 Baseball Pitcher of the Week and Stanford senior first baseman Brent Milleville has been named Player of the Week for May 4-10, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Anderson picked up a win and two saves for Cal last week, pitching 8.2 innings with eight hits, one run and eight strikeouts for a 1.04 ERA. The Piedmont, Calif., native earned his first save of the week against UC Davis on May 5, throwing the final inning with one hit and one strikeout. He picked up his second save in the Golden Bears' 3-2 win at UCLA on May 8, forcing the Bruins into a game-ending double play with runners on first and third in the bottom of the ninth.
Anderson's week would not end there as the redshirt freshman threw a career-high 6.2 innings of relief in Cal's 8-3 win over the Bruins on May 10. He fanned a career-high seven batters in the outing to help lead the Bears to their first Pac-10 series win on the road and pick-up his first career victory.
This is the first weekly pitching honor for Anderson and the 29th overall for Cal. The Bears have had two Pac-10 Player of the Week's this season, sophomore first baseman Mark Canha on March 3 and junior second baseman Jeff Kobernus on April 20. Canha leads Cal with a .358 average, 12 home runs and 43 RBI.
Last week Kobernus went 7-for-17 (.412) with two doubles, two triples, two home runs and five RBI for 19 total bases. On Sunday at UCLA, he nearly hit for the cycle, leading off the game with a triple, hitting a two-run homer in the third inning and hitting a double in the top of the ninth inning. On Saturday at UCLA, Kobernus was 2-for-5 with a double and triple, and last Tuesday versus UC Davis he was 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI. On the year Kobernus is second on the Bears with a .348 average and has 14 doubles, three triples, eight home runs and 40 RBI. He also leads Cal with 15 stolen bases.
The Bears will next play Sacramento State on Tuesday, May 12 at 2:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond. Cal will then take the rest of the week off for finals before hosting USC in its final Pac-10 series, beginning Friday, May 22 at 2:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond.