Healy and Farris named Pac-12 players of the week
By the Pac-12 Conference
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Oregon junior first baseman Ryon Healy has been named Pac-12 Player of the Week and Arizona junior right-handed pitcher James Farris has been voted Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 11-17, the Conference office announced Tuesday.
Healy led the Ducks to a season-opening series sweep of Hawaii over the weekend. He batted .533 (8-15) with two multi-hit games and wrapped up the series with a .588 on base percentage and a .933 slugging percentage. The West Hills, Calif., native produced a career-best four hits in a 9-5 win over the Rainbows on Sunday, going 4-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored. On Saturday, Healy went 3-for-3 with a career-high three doubles with one RBI and one run scored. In the opener, he went 1-for-3 and stole a base.
This is Healy's first career Pac-12 Player of the Week honor and the eighth all-time selection for Oregon.
Farris opened his junior campaign in convincing fashion, tallying a career-best eight strikeouts in a 14-1 victory over Coppin State on Saturday at Hi Corbett Field. The Gilbert, Ariz., native retired the first nine batters of the game before allowing back-to-back hits and one run in the fourth. He returned to form in short order, retiring the next 15 batters he faced. In eight innings of work, he allowed two hits and no walks while fanning eight batters and posting a 1.12 ERA. Including his two postseason starts last year during the Wildcats' national championship run, Farris has worked into the eighth inning in three consecutive starts. He has 19 strikeouts against three walks during that span.
This is Farris' first career Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week selection and Arizona's 51st all-time selection.
Also Nominated (Player): Brandon Dixon, ARIZ; Drew Stankiewicz, ASU; Brian Celsi, CAL; Jake Rodriguez, OSU; Justin Ringo, STAN; Kevin Kramer, UCLA.
Also Nominated (Pitcher): Ryan Kellog, ASU; Ryan Mason, CAL; Jake Reed, ORE; Matt Boyd, OSU; Grant Watson, UCLA.
2013 Pac-12 Players of the Week: Feb. 19 - Ryon Healy, Jr., 1B, ORE.
2013 Pac-12 Pitchers of the Week: Feb. 19 - James Farris, Jr., RHP, ARIZ.