OSU's Conforto, Stanford's Appel named Pac-12 players of the week
By the Pac-12 Conference
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Oregon State sophomore outfielder Michael Conforto has been named Pac-12 Player of the Week and Stanford senior right-handed pitcher Mark Appel has been tabbed Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 25-March 3, the Conference office announced Tuesday.
Conforto paced Oregon State to a sweep of Bryant, going 7-for-15 (.467) with four home runs and 12 runs batted in over the four-game series. The Redmond, Wash. native slugged 1.267 and posted an on-base percentage of .556 during the weekend. He also walked twice and was hit by a pitch. Conforto hit all four homers over the last three games of the series, going 7-for-12 during that stretch. He hit a two-run home run in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday, and followed that up with a two-run shot in the first inning of the second game. His first of two home runs Sunday was a grand slam, the first of his career, while the second was a three-run shot, giving him seven RBI on the day, which is a single-game career best. He became the first Oregon State player to homer in three consecutive games since Mitch Canham accomplished the feat in 2007. On the year, Conforto is batting .356 with four home runs, two doubles, one triple, 16 RBI and a .711 slugging percentage.
This is Conforto's first career Pac-12 Player of the Week honor and Oregon State's 60th all-time selection.
Appel, a Houston, Texas, native, tossed a three-hitter last Friday against No. 22 Texas, while the Cardinal posted a 2-0 shutout win. He matched a career-high 14 strikeouts and walked one. The first-inning walk was followed by the retiring of the next 13 batters. Appel took a no-hitter into the sixth against the Longhorns and set the tone for Stanford's series sweep. The All-American has struck out double-digit batters in each of his last two outings.
This is Appel's third career Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week selection and Stanford's Conference-leading 78th all-time.
Also Nominated (Player): Brandon Dixon, ARIZ; Ryon Healy, ORE; Lonnie Kauppila, STAN; Kevin Kramer, UCLA; Dallas Carroll, UTAH; Yale Rosen, WSU.
Also Nominated (Pitcher): Cody Moffett, ARIZ; Trevor Williams, ASU; Cole Irvin, ORE; Andrew Moore, OSU; David Berg, UCLA; Bob Wheatley, USC; Brock Duke, UTAH; Sean Hartnett, WSU.
2013 Pac-12 Players of the Week: Feb. 19 - Ryon Healy, Jr., 1B, ORE; Feb. 26 - Trever Allen, RS So., OF, ASU; March 5 - Michael Conforto, So., OF, OSU.
2013 Pac-12 Pitchers of the Week: Feb. 19 - James Farris, Jr., RHP, ARIZ; Feb. 26 - Matt Boyd, Sr., LHP, OSU; March 5 - Mark Appel, Sr., RHP, STAN.