USC's Oropesa, UCLA's Bauer Named Pac-10 Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - USC junior first baseman Ricky Oropesa has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week and UCLA junior right-handed pitcher Trevor Bauer has been named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for March 21-27, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.
Oropesa went 9-for-17 over four games last week, including 6-for-13 against No. 24 UCLA in the opening week of Conference play for both teams. The Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., native was 3-for-5 with a home run in Sunday's 6-2 win over the Bruins, tying his personal best with five RBI. He finished the series with two home runs and seven RBI. Oropesa is hitting .500 (13-for-26) in his last seven games with four three-hit games during that time. With 35 career home runs, Oropesa is now in sole possession of sixth place on USC's all-time list.
This marks the first Pac-10 Player of the Week honor for Oropesa and USC's 54th all-time Player of the Week selection.
Bauer recorded two victories in two starts last week, scattering just three hits through 16.0 scoreless innings. The Valencia, Calif., native struck out 14 batters in his second career complete-game one-hitter in a 4-0 shutout at USC on Saturday. That followed Bauer's performance against Cal Poly last Monday in which he fanned 12 batters in seven scoreless innings. He limited opponents to a .059 batting average last week. Bauer became UCLA's career strikeout leader on Saturday as he pushed his career total to 329, one ahead of Alex Sanchez's 328-strikeout total. Bauer was also named one of the Louisville Slugger National Players of the Week by Collegiate Baseball.
This is the Bauer's fifth career Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honor and the 55th all-time selection for UCLA.
Also Nominated (Player): Tony Renda, CAL; Jacob Lamb, WASH
Also Nominated (Pitcher): Brady Rodgers, ASU; Matt Flemer, CAL; Alex Keudell, ORE; Chris Reed, STAN; Logan Odom, USC; Jeff Brigham, WASH
2011 Pac-10 Players of the Week: Feb. 22 - Riccio Torrez, Jr., 3B, ASU; Mar. 1 - Chad Bunting, Jr., OF, CAL; Mar. 8 - Andrew Susac, So., C, OSU; Mar. 14 - Matt Newman, Sr., OF, ASU; Mar. 21 - Aaron Jones, Fr., OF, ORE; Mar. 28 - Ricky Oropesa, Jr., 1B, USC
2011 Pac-10 Pitchers of the Week: Feb. 22 - Madison Boer, Jr., RHP, ORE; Mar. 1 - Sam Gaviglio, Jr., RHP, OSU; Mar. 8 - Trevor Bauer, Jr., RHP, UCLA; Mar. 14 - Logan Odom, Sr., RHP, USC; Mar. 21 - Sam Gaviglio, Jr., RHP, OSU; Mar. 28 - Trevor Bauer, Jr., RHP, UCLA