Stanford's Kauppila, Arizona's Heyer Named Pac-10 Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - STANFORD freshman second baseman Lonnie Kauppila has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week and ARIZONA sophomore right-handed pitcher Kurt Heyer has been named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for March 28-April 3, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.

Kauppila went 15-for-20 over four games for the Cardinal last week with eight runs, three doubles and one triple. The Burbank, Calif., native recorded a 1.000 slugging percentage and had no strikeouts last week. In Stanford's 22-3 win over Washington State on Saturday, Kauppila was 6-for-6 with three runs, four RBI and a three-run triple. Kauppila entered the week batting .196 and finished batting .364 to rank second on the team. He was also named one of the Louisville Slugger National Players of the Week by Collegiate Baseball.

This marks the first Pac-10 Player of the Week honor for Kauppila and Stanford's 66th all-time Player of the Week selection.

Heyer threw a complete-game shutout for the first time in his career in an 18-0 win over Oregon State on Friday. The Huntington Beach, Calif., native surrendered just five hits and two walks to go with nine strikeouts. Heyer lowered his ERA to 1.12 on the season, which ranks third in the Pac-10 to date. He has 69 strikeouts with just 11 walks through 56.1 innings this season. Heyer, who is now one of five pitchers in the Conference with five wins, has limited opposing hitters to a .219 batting average in 2011. Heyer has now won four-straight weekend starts.

This is the Heyer's third career Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honor and the 45th all-time selection for Arizona.

Also Nominated (Player): Robert Refsnyder, ARIZ; Zack MacPhee, ASU; Chadd Krist, CAL; Ricky Oropesa, USC

Also Nominated (Pitcher): Kramer Champlin, ASU; Kevin Miller, CAL; Gerrit Cole, UCLA

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; Apr. 4 - Lonnie Kauppila, Fr., 2B, STAN

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; Apr. 4 - Kurt Heyer, So., RHP, ARIZ

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