UCLA's Amaral Named Pac-10 Baseball Player of the Week
May 10, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- UCLA freshman outfielder Beau Amaral has been named the Pac-10 Baseball Player of the Week and ARIZONA STATE freshman right-handed pitcher Brady Rodgers has been named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for May 3-9, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.
Amaral, of Huntington Beach, Calif., led the No. 11 Bruins to a 4-0 record last week, including a weekend sweep of Washington at Husky Stadium. The freshman outfielder was 7-for-14 for a .500 batting average. He tallied one home run, three doubles, five runs and three walks and posted an on-base percentage of .611 as he extended his season-long hitting streak to 12 games. In Tuesday's 5-1 victory over Pepperdine, Amaral reached base safely in all five plate appearances, going 3-for-3 with two doubles, one run, one walk and one hit-by pinch. He moved into second on the squad in batting average (.357), and continues to lead the Bruins in batting average for Conference games only, batting .345.
This marks the first career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor for Amarai and the 51st all-time Pac-10 Player of the Week selection for UCLA.
Rodgers was nearly untouchable for the Sun Devils as they defeated then-No. 23 Arizona, 13-1, on Tuesday night which was a non-conference game for the in-state rivals. The freshman right-hander from Richmond, Texas, allowed Arizona's Bobby Rinard to open the game with a base hit, then preceded to retire the next 21 Wildcat batters en route to allowing two hits and striking out seven in his eight innings of work. For his efforts, Rodgers was also named the Louisville Slugger's National Pitcher of the Week. For the season, he leads the Conference in ERA with 1.44 and ranks fourth in opponent batting average, 1.87.
This is the first career Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honor for Rodgers and the 58th all-time Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week selection for Arizona State.
Also Nominated (Player): Stefen Romero, OSU; Kenny Diekroeger, STAN; Mike O'Neill, USC
Also Nominated (Pitcher): Matt Boyd, OSU; Gerrit Cole, UCLA; Brett Chad Smith, USC
2010 Pac-10 Players of the Week
Feb. 22 - Zack MacPhee, So., INF, ASU
Mar. 1 - Derek Jones, So., OF, WSU
Mar. 8 - Eddie Rodriguez, Sr., C, ORE
Mar. 15 - Joey Rickard, Fr., OF, ARIZ
Mar. 22 - Jett Bandy, So., C, ARIZ
Mar. 29 - Steve Selsky, So., OF, ARIZ
Apr. 5 - Drew Maggi, So., INF/OF, ASU
Apr. 12 - Zack MacPhee, So., INF, ASU
Apr. 19 - Jonathan Kaskow, Jr., 1B, STAN
Apr. 26 - Kenny Diekroeger, Fr., 3B, STAN
May 3 - Riccio Torrez, So., 1B, ASU
May 10 - Beau Amaral, Fr., OF, UCLA
2010 Pac-10 Pitchers of the Week
Feb. 22 - Kurt Heyer, Fr., RHP, ARIZ
Mar. 1 - Greg Peavey, Jr., RHP, OSU
Mar. 8 - Kevin Miller, Jr., RHP, CAL
Mar. 15 - Trevor Bauer, So., RHP, UCLA
Mar. 22 - Tanner Robles, Jr., LHP, OSU
Mar. 29 - Jake Borup, So., RHP, ASU
Apr. 5 - Jordan Pries, So., RHP, STAN
Apr. 12 - Greg Peavey, Jr., RHP, OSU
Apr. 19 - Kurt Heyer, Fr., RHP, ARIZ
Apr. 26 - Chad Arnold, Jr., RHP, WSU
May 3 - Justin LaTempa, Sr., RHP, ORE
May 10 - Brady Rodgers, Fr., RHP, ASU