Zebrack, Irvin named Pac-12 baseball players of the week
By the Pac-12 Conference
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — USC redshirt senior outfielder Greg Zebrack has been named Pac-12 Player of the Week and Oregon freshman left-handed pitcher Cole Irvin has been tabbed Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week for May 6-12, the Conference office announced Monday.
Zebrack batted .778 (7-for-9) with a double and three RBI while drawing four walks as USC took two of three games from Washington State at Dedeaux Field. The Northridge, Calif. native registered a hit in all three games of the series and turned in pair of multiple-hit performances on Saturday and Sunday. In those games, both USC wins, he went 6-for-8 with two RBI and one run scored. Zebrack was perfect at the plate in the Trojans' 5-1 victory on Saturday, picking up four hits in four at-bats. On Sunday, he went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI, and, in a 7-6 loss on Friday, he drew three walks and delivered an RBI double in four plate appearances. Zebrack, who slugged .849 and only struck out once in the set, improved his season batting average to .347. He leads USC in runs (32), slugging percentage (.491) and on-base percentage (.436). The Trojans have won two of their last three series against Conference opponents.
This is Zebrack's first career Pac-12 Player of the Week honor and USC's 55th all-time selection.
Irvin tossed his second complete-game shutout of the season, scattering six hits and striking out seven batters in a 4-0 victory over Ohio State. The Yorba Linda, Calif. native issued one walk and allowed just one extra-base hit in the second game of a double-header in Columbus. It was the third complete game of the season for the talented freshman, whose 2.62 ERA ranks second on the team and 11th in the Conference. Irvin has pitched a team-high 92.0 innings with 47 strikeouts and 19 walks this season.
This is Irvin's second Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week nod of the season. Duck pitchers have won the award seven times overall.
Also Nominated (Player): Nate Causey, ASU; Mitchell Tolman, ORE; Dylan Davis, OSU; Cody Regis, UCLA.
Also Nominated (Pitcher): Ben Wetzler, OSU; Nick Vander Tuig, UCLA; Nigel Nootbaar, USC; Luke West, UTAH; Trevor Dunlap, WASH.
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; March 12 - Tyler Smith, Sr., SS, OSU; March 19 - Michael Conforto, So., OF, OSU; March 26 - Dallas Carroll, Fr., 3B, UTAH; April 1 - Trent Gilbert, So., 2B, ARIZ; April 8 - RJ Ybarra, Fr., DH, ASU; April 15 - Scott Heineman; So., OF, ORE; April 22 - Brian Ragira, Jr., 1B, STAN; April 29 - Ryon Healy, Jr., 1B, ORE.; May 6 - Mitchell Tolman, Fr., 3B, ORE; May 13 - Greg Zebrack, RS Sr., OF, USC.
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; March 12 - Trevor Williams, Jr., RHP, ASU; March 19 - Matt Boyd, Jr., RHP, OSU; March 26 - Ryan Kellogg, Fr., LHP, ASU; April 1 - Cole Irvin, Fr., LHP, ORE; April 8 - Scott Simon, RS So., RHP, WSU; April 15 - Sean Silva; So., OF, USC; April 22 - David Berg, So., RHP, UCLA; April 29 - Nick Vander Tuig, Jr., RHP, UCLA; May 6 - Mark Appel, Sr., RHP, STAN; May 13 - Cole Irvin, Fr., LHP, ORE.