Arizona's Rinard, UCLA's Bauer Named Pac-10 Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - ARIZONA senior outfielder Bobby Rinard 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 May 23-29, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.
Over the final three games of his home career, Rinard went 8-for-10, hit his first career home run and delivered the game-winning hit in Saturday's game to ensure a series victory over Washington. The Prescott, Ariz., native finished the weekend batting .800 with five runs, eight hits, two doubles, three RBI and a home run. On Saturday, Rinard hit a two-out, walk-off RBI single to give the Wildcats a 6-5 win after the Huskies tied the game in the top of the ninth. Rinard, who had started just one of Arizona's first 40 games this season, has 13 starts in the last 15 games. In those games, he has a team-best .489 batting average with 15 runs and seven RBI.
This marks the first career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor for Rinard and Arizona's 56th all-time Player of the Week selection.
Bauer pitched his eighth-consecutive complete game, his ninth of the season and 14th of his career, to lead UCLA past Arizona State, 7-0, on Saturday. The Bruins clinched at least a share of the Pac-10 title on Saturday and won it outright on Sunday. The Valencia, Calif., native recorded 14 strikeouts and one walk, scattering five hits in his third complete-game shutout of the season. He improved to 12-2 on the season with a 1.27 ERA. Bauer leads the nation with 189 strikeouts, the second-highest single-season total in Pac-10 history.
This is Bauer's ninth career Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honor, sixth this season and the 60th all-time selection for UCLA. His six weekly honors in a single season marks the most in conference history.
Also Nominated (Player): J.J. Altobelli, ORE; Dean Espy, UCLA
Also Nominated (Pitcher): Kurt Heyer, ARIZ; Alex Keudell, ORE; Andrew Triggs, 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; May 23 - Taylor Ard, R-So., 1B, WSU; May 30 - Bobby Rinard, Sr., OF, ARIZ
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; May 23 - Brady Rodgers, So., RHP, ASU; May 30 - Trevor Bauer, Jr., RHP, UCLA