Pac-12 announces weekly baseball honors
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — WASHINGTON STATE outfielder Yale Rosen has been named Pac-12 Player of the Week and WASHINGTON right-handed pitcher Tyler Davis has been tabbed Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week for Mar. 31-April 6, the Conference office announced Monday.
Rosen, an Oak Harbor, Wash. native, propelled Washington State to its first Conference series sweep since 2010 as they took three from California at home over the weekend. The junior batted 7-for-10 with two RBI and two runs scored, helping the Cougars outscore the Bears 12-6 over three games. Rosen opened the series going 3-for-3 with a double, RBI, run, walk and stolen base in a 3-0 WSU victory on Friday. He then followed that performance with a 3-for-4 day that included a double and an RBI in a 3-1 game-two win. In the series finale on Sunday, he added a hit, walk, run and stolen base as WSU went on to secure the sweep with a 6-5 10-inning walk-off victory. Rosen currently owns the third-best batting average in the league at .396.
This is Rosen’s first-career Pac-12 Player of the Week honor and Washington State’s 66th all-time selection. The honor also marks the first time a Cougar has won the award since 2012.
Davis, a junior from Mountain View, Calif., turned in a stellar performance to help the first-place Huskies even the series on Saturday at home against top-20 ranked Oregon. The right-hander struck out a career-high 10 batters in a career-best 7 and 2/3 innings to lead Washington to a 1-0 win over the Ducks. Davis threw 89 pitches, allowing just three hits and giving up one walk to improve his record to 6-1 on the season. His ERA of 1.16 currently ranks second in the Pac-12 while he has allowed one run or fewer in each of his last six starts and three hits or fewer in each of his last three.
Davis picks up his first-career Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week nod and the 42nd overall for the Huskies. Washington has earned a Conference-high four weekly honors this season with Davis being the first Husky to earn the pitcher of the week nod in 2014.
The Cougars will host BYU in a non-conference showdown in Pasco, Wash. on Tuesday before returning to their home field for a three-game set with top-5 ranked Oregon State. Washington will face cross-town rival Seattle University in Bellevue, Wash. for a Tuesday night contest before welcoming Stanford to Husky Ballpark for a three-game tilt Friday-Sunday. Both Saturday’s and Sunday’s games will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks.
Also Nominated (Player): RJ Ybarra, ASU; Kyle Garlick, ORE; Michael Conforto, OSU; Garrett Stubbs, USC; Andrew Ely, WASH.
Also Nominated (Pitcher): Ben Wetzler, OSU; Cal Quantrill, STAN; James Kaprielian, UCLA; Brooks Kriske, USC; Tanner Banks, UTAH; Joe Pistorese, WSU.
2014 Pac-12 Players of the Week: Feb. 18 – Michael Conforto, Jr., OF, OSU; Scott Kingery, So., OF, ARIZ; Mar. 4 - Kevin Swick, INF, USC; Mar. 11 – Shane Zeile, C, UCLA; Mar. 18 – Andrew Ely, 2B, WASH; Mar. 24 – Brian Wolfe, 1B/OF, WASH; Mar. 31 – Brian Wolfe, 1B/OF, WASH; April 7 – Yale Rosen, OF, WSU.
2014 Pac-12 Pitchers of the Week: Feb. 18 – Daulton Jefferies, Fr., RHP, CAL; Nick Green, Sr., LHP, UTAH; Mar. 4 - Cody Poteet, RHP, UCLA; Mar. 11 - Jace Fry, LHP, OSU; Mar. 18 - Grant Watson, LHP, UCLA; Mar. 18 - Tommy Thorpe, LHP, ORE; Mar. 31 - Jace Fry, LHP, OSU; April 7 - Tyler Davis, RHP, WASH.