Pac-12 announces baseball weekly honors
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — OREGON STATE junior outfielder Michael Conforto has been named Pac-12 Player of the Week and CALIFORNIA freshman right-handed pitcher Daulton Jefferies has been tabbed Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 10-16, the Conference office announced Tuesday.
Conforto, a two-time All-Conference selection and reigning Pac-12 Player of the Year, turned in a stellar opening weekend for the Beavers, collecting a team-best eight RBI in three OSU victories at the Husker Classic in Tempe, Ariz. The Woodinville, Wash., native batted .500 (5-for-10) with five walks and two doubles, hitting safely in two of the three games. In wins over Nebraska (15-7) and Pacific (14-6), Conforto went 5-for-6, collecting two doubles and four walks. His eight RBI moves him into a tie for seventh in OSU program history with 131 total.
This is Conforto’s third-career Pac-12 Player of the Week honor and Oregon State’s 63rd all-time selection.
Jefferies, a freshman from Atwater, Calif., had an impressive collegiate debut, shutting out No. 18-ranked Texas in 6.0 innings of work en route to a 7-0 California opening-day win. He allowed just six hits and one walk while collecting four strikeouts in his first-career win.
This is Jefferies’ first-career Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week nod. Golden Bear pitchers have won the award 31 times overall.
Oregon State will again be in the state of Arizona on the second weekend of play, competing in the Aramark Pac-12-Big 10 Tournament in Surprise, Ariz from Friday-Sunday. California heads out on its first road trip of the season, traveling to Auburn, Ala. for three games at the Tiger Classic.
Also Nominated (Player): Brian Serven, ASU; Derek Campbell, CAL; Brett Michael Doran, STAN; Shane Zeile, UCLA; Garrett Stubbs, USC; AJ Young, Utah; Andrew Ely, WASH; Nick Tanielu, WSU.
Also Nominated (Pitcher): James Farris, ARIZ; Brett Lilek, ASU; Jake Reed, ORE; Scott Schultz, OSU; Grant Watson, UCLA; James Guillen, USC; Tanner Banks, UTAH; Tyler Davis, WASH; Ian Hamilton, WSU.
2014 Pac-12 Players of the Week: Feb. 18 – Michael Conforto, Jr., OF, OSU.
2014 Pac-12 Pitchers of the Week: Feb. 18 – Daulton Jefferies, Fr., RHP, CAL.