Pac-12 Announces Baseball Players of the Week
SAN FRANCISCO - The Conference office announced today Jeremy Martinez of USC was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week and for the second time in three weeks, Nathan Bannister of ARIZONA was tabbed Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week for the action between April 18-24.
For the first time since 1996, USC has garnered three Pac-12 Player of Week honors in the same season. Martinez (Fountain Valley, Calif.), the junior catcher, was on fire at the plate this week as the Trojans went 3-1, including a Pac-12 series victory at Washington State. Martinez was .688 at the plate (11-for-16), with multi-hit outings in all four games. First in an 8-3 midweek victory over then-No. 18 Long Beach State, the Trojan catcher was 4-for-4 with three RBI, two coming on a two-run home run as he was a part of the Trojans’ five home runs, the most in a single game in program history since 2006. He then was 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored in game one of the series at Washington State as the Trojans won a rain-delayed 10-inning contest 4-2 on Friday in the series opener. He followed up that performance with a 2-for-5 day with one home run (a solo shot), coming on a two-run home run as the Trojans took the series with a 6-2 victory on Saturday. Rounding out the weekend, Martinez went 3-for-4 on Sunday for his final multi-hit day of the week. This is Martinez's first-career weekly honor and the 62nd all-time for USC.
Bannister (Peoria, Ariz.) had a dominant outing on the mound for the third-straight week. The senior right-hander tossed the first shutout of his career Friday night in a 3-0 win over No. 18 Cal. Bannister scattered three hits and three walks over nine innings, while striking out a career-high 11 batters. He won his third-straight start to improve to 6-1 on the season. Over his last three weeks, Bannister has allowed just one run over 26 innings pitched and has tossed two straight complete games. The right-hander held down a potent Cal lineup, holding the 3-4-5 hitters to 0-10 in the win. Bannister is the first Wildcat to earn two weekly honors in the same season since Kurt Heyer in 2012. This is Bannnister's second-career weekly honor and the 53rd all-time pitching honor in program history.
Arizona heads to Tempe on Tuesday, April 26 for a mid-week non-conference matchup with Arizona State and then travels to USC for a three-game series starting on Thursday, April 28. Prior to the matchup with Arizona, the Trojans host UC Irvine on Tuesday as well. The Pac-12 Networks will televise all three games. The Pac-12 Networks full television information can be found here.
Player: Zach Gibbons, ARIZ; Brian Serven, ASU; Christian Donahue, OSU; Luke Perisco, UCLA; Chris Baker, WASH.
Pitcher: Seth Martinez, ASU; Luke Heimlich, OSU; Kyle Davis, USC; Troy Rallings, WASH; Scotty Sunitsch, WSU.
2015-16 PAC-12 PLAYER AND PITCHER OF THE WEEK
|Feb. 23||Nick Madrigal, OSU||Tristan Beck, STAN|
|Mar. 1||Alfonso Rivas III, ARIZ||Colton Hock, STAN|
|Mar. 8||Logan Ice, OSU||Erik Martinez, CAL|
|Mar. 14||David Greer, ASU||Drew Rasmussen, OSU|
|Mar. 21||Bobby Dalbec, ARIZ||Kyle Molnar, UCLA|
|Mar. 28||Timmy Robinson, USC||Ryan Hingst, ASU|
|April 4||Brett Cumberland, CAL||Travis Eckert, OSU|
|April 11||AJ Ramirez, USC||Nathan Bannister, ARIZ|
|April 18||Trek Stemp, WSU||Griffin Canning, UCLA|
|April 25||Jeremy Martinez, USC||Nathan Bannister, ARIZ|