ASU's Benjamin, OSU's Moore named Pac-12 baseball players of the week
By the Pac-12 Conference
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Arizona State junior third baseman Michael Benjamin has been named Pac-12 Player of the Week and Oregon State freshman right-handed pitcher Andrew Moore has been tabbed Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week for May 13-19, the Conference office announced Monday.
Benjamin batted .526 (10-for-19) with seven RBI, three doubles, a home run and three runs scored as the Sun Devils racked up 27 runs in four games against Texas Tech and Arizona. The Queen Creek, Ariz., native totaled a .842 slugging percentage and a .526 on-base percentage. He recorded multiple hits in three of the four games, including a four-hit performance against Texas Tech. He collected two hits on Friday against Arizona and three on Saturday to help the Sun Devils claim a 6-3 victory in the second game of the Territorial Cup series. Benjamin has registered multiple hits in eight of the last nine games and has picked up at least one RBI in seven times during that stretch. He ranks in the top seven in the Pac-12 in every major hitting category. He leads the Conference in slugging percentage (.588), hits (77) and total bases (127). Additionally, he owns the Conference's third-highest batting average (.356) and ranks second in doubles (18), third in runs scored (51), fourth in home runs (8), sixth in RBI (41) and seventh in triples (4).
This is Benjamin's first career Pac-12 Player of the Week honor and ASU's Conference-leading 104th all-time selection.
Moore needed just 93 pitches to toss his second complete-game shutout of the season, a two-hitter, as Oregon State topped rival Oregon 9-0. The Eugene, Ore., product put on a show for his hometown crowd, issuing one walk while allowing just a pair of runners to advance past second base. He walked the first batter he faced before retiring 10 in a row over the first 3.1 innings and sat down the final 12 batters of the game. The Ducks' two hits came by way of a double in the fourth and a single in the sixth. Moore became the first pitcher to win 11 games in the Pac-12 this season, seven of which have come against league foes. In earning his 11th win, he broke the Oregon State single-season record for wins by a freshman and lowered his season ERA to 1.34.
This is Moore's first Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week nod of the season. Beaver pitchers have won the award 69 times overall.
Also Nominated (Player): Brandon Dixon, ARIZ; Michael Conforto, OSU; Brian Ragira, STAN; Kevin Kramer, UCLA.
Also Nominated (Pitcher): Tyler Crawford, ARIZ; Tommy Thorpe, ORE; Mark Appel, STAN; David Berg, UCLA; Mitch Watrous, UTAH; Zach Wright, 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; May 20 - Michael Benjamin, Jr., 3B, ASU.
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; May 20 - Andrew Moore, Fr., RHP, OSU.