Oregon's Pulfer, Arizona's Simon Named Pac-10 Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - OREGON junior second baseman Danny Pulfer has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week and ARIZONA junior right-handed pitcher Kyle Simon has been named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for May 9-15, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.
Pulfer led the Ducks last week, batting .565 with five runs and four RBI as Oregon went 3-1-1 and won their second Pac-10 series of the season. The Cypress, Calif., native led the team with a .738 slugging percentage and recorded five-consecutive games with multiple hits as Oregon's leadoff batter. In Friday's series opening 6-2 win over Stanford, Pulfer went 3-for-5 with a double, RBI and run scored. On Sunday, as Oregon clinched the series with a 6-5 victory, Pulfer went 2-for-4 and was intentionally walked. During the three-game series, he batted .615 and was perfect in the field with seven assists.
This marks the first career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor for Pulfer and Oregon's fourth all-time Player of the Week selection.
Simon tossed a his fourth complete game of the season and the third in his last four starts, as the Wildcats defeated Washington State, 8-1, on Sunday. The Los Alamitos, Calif., native scattered six hits and allowed just one run. He allowed just one hit through the first six innings and did not walk a batter in the game. In all, Simon faced just 30 batters, three over the minimum, to earn his career-best ninth win on the mound this season. The win was also the 20th of his career. In his last four starts, Simon has a 3-0 record with a 1.62 ERA over 33.1 innings pitched.
This is the Simon's first career Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honor and the 46th all-time selection for Arizona.
Also Nominated (Player): Ryan Dunn, OSU; Tyler Gaffney, STAN; Brandon Garcia, USC
Also Nominated (Pitcher): Tyler Anderson, ORE; Trevor Bauer, UCLA; Logan Odom, USC
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; Apr. 11 - Ryan Dunn, Jr., INF, OSU; Apr. 18 - Kavin Keyes, Fr., INF/DH, OSU; Apr. 25 - Riccio Torrez, Jr., 3B, ASU; May 2 - Joey DeMichele, So., DH, ASU; May 9 - Brian Ragira, Fr., 1B, STAN; May 16 - Danny Pulfer, Jr., 2B, ORE
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; Apr. 11 - Trevor Bauer, Jr., RHP, UCLA; Apr. 18 - Trevor Bauer, Jr., RHP, UCLA; Apr. 25 - Trevor Bauer, Jr., RHP, UCLA; May 2 - Josh Osich, RS Jr., LHP, OSU; May 9 - Adam Plutko, Fr., RHP, UCLA; May 16 - Kyle Simon, Jr., RHP, ARIZ