Rasmussen & Erceg earn weekly baseball honors
SAN FRANCISCO-- OREGON STATE's Drew Rasmussen and his perfect game and CALIFORNA's Lucas Erceg and his clutch home run hitting earned Pac-12 Pitcher and Player of the Week honors on March 24.
Rasmussen and Erceg were also named two of Collegiate Baseball's National Players of the Week on Monday.
Rasmussen used just 103 pitches to pitch the fourth Pac-12 perfect game in conference history. The first three, all by Washington State, occurred in 1968, 1971 and 1973. This time, the Beaver righthander struck out 10 Cougars and induced 11 groundballs in a brisk one hour and 44 minutes. Rasmussen at 3-0 with a 1.36 ERA to start the year, ranks fourth in the Pac-12 with 40 strikeouts over 39.2 innings.
Erceg, who ranks second in the Pac-12 with six homers, hit three this past weekend. The first two, on Friday and Saturday at Washington in the eighth inning, gave the Golden Bears 3-2 leads. He had three hits, two doubles and a homer in the Sunday finale. Overall Erceg hit .353 for the week with six RBIs. Erceg is hitting .398 overall this season.
NATIONAL RANKINGS: Cal and UCLA are both 5-1 in Pac-12 to lead the conference after the first two weekends. In this week's top-25, USC (19-5), UCLA (17-5) and Arizona State (15-7) are No. 8, No. 9 and No. 11 in Baseball America, while Cal (18-5) and Oregon (15-8) check in at No. 21 and No. 22. Collegiate Baseball has UCLA at No. 5, ASU at No. 9, Cal at No. 14, USC at No. 16, Oregon State (18-5) at No. 19 and Arizona (19-6) at No. 19.
UPCOMING GAMES: Midweek games include Stanford hosting San Diego today; Two-day series on Tuesday and Wednesday with San Jose State playing at Oregon State, Oregon at UC Riverside and Washington at Gonzaga; and Tuesday games featuring UCLA at San Diego State, Pepperdine at USC, BYU at Utah.
Next weekend's series feature Cal at Utah, USC at Washington, Stanford at Arizona State, Cal Poly at Oregon State, Oregon at Arizona, UCLA at Washington State and Stanford at Arizona State.
PAC-NOTABLES: Four teams have ERA’s under 2.00 against fellow conference opponents... Arizona has the conference’s best overall hitting at .332 and Cal has the best team ERA (2.45), followed closely by UCLA (2.51)... UCLA is also picking it at a .981-best clip... Wildcat leadoff man Scott Kingery leads the Pac-12 in batting at .450 and also has a Pac-12-best 33 runs... Cal’s Lucas Erceg with three homers this past week is second to OSU’s KJ Harrison in homers (7)... USC’s Garrett Stubbs is the best thief with 15 steals... Ryan Burr leads with eight saves.
2015 Pac-12 Baseball Players of the Week
Player: Scott Kingery, ARIZ
Pitcher: Ryan Burr, ASU
Player: KJ Harrison, OSU
Pitcher: Conor Harber, ORE
Player: Chris Keck, UCLA
Pitcher: Noah Bremer, WASH
Player: Dante Flores, USC
Pitcher: Andrew Moore, OSU
Player: Chris Paul, CAL
Pitcher: Mitch Hart, USC
Player: Lucas Erceg, CAL
Pitcher: Drew Rasmussen, OSU