Pac-12 Announces Baseball Players of the Week

SAN FRANCISCO - The Conference office announced today DaShawn Keirsey, Jr. of UTAH was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week and Luke Heimlich of OREGON STATE was tabbed Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week for action between May 23 - 29.

Keirsey (San Diego, Calif.) played a pivotal role in Utah winning the series over Washington and claiming the Pac-12 title. He hit .467 (7-of-15) over three games including going 7-for-10 in a pair of must-win games for the Utes with two doubles, an inside-the-park homer and seven RBI. The freshman went 3-for-5 with four RBI and two runs scored in game two versus the Huskies, a must-win game after dropping game one. The freshman led off the game with a hit and scored a run, hit a two-run inside the park homer in the fourth inning, which gave Utah a 5-4 lead at the time and doubled in Utah’s seven-run seventh inning with the bases loaded, driving in two runs to give Utah a four-run advantage. In the rubber game, Keirsey went 4-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. He led off the game with a hit and scored on a wild pitch for Utah’s first run of the game. He started the game 3-for-3, which included a two-RBI single in the third. He then hit another RBI single in the eighth inning and also reached base when he was HBP in the 7th. This is the first-career honor for Keirsey, the second of the season for Utah and the third all-time for the program.

For the second-straight week and the third time this season, an Oregon State Beaver has been named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week. Heimlich (Puyallup, Wash.) threw his first-career complete game, a shutout of UCLA in the regular season finale on Sunday. He struck out a career-high eight and held the Bruins to five hits and no walks. For the game, UCLA was 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position, and 1-for-9 with runners on base. The Bruins put their leadoff batter on base just once. Heimlich only allowed two UCLA batters to reach base in the last four innings and only three reached in the first five. The win pushed Heimlich’s record to 7-4 on the year. This is the first honor of Heimlich's career and the 80th all-time for the Beavers.

ALSO NOMINATED
Player: Bobby Dalbec, ARIZ; Devin Pearson, CAL; Nick Madrigal, OSU; Jonny Locher, STAN; Frankie Rios, USC.
Pitcher:  Nathan Bannister, ARIZ; Daulton Jefferies, CAL; Chris Castellanos, STAN; Marrick Crouse, USC.

2016 PAC-12 PLAYER AND PITCHER OF THE WEEK

Date Player Pitcher
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
May 2 Kort Peterson, UCLA Kevin Ginkel, ARIZ
May 9 Hunter Simmons, UTAH Ryan Schmitten, WASH
May 16 Brett Cumberland, CAL Ian Hamilton, WSU
May 23 Chris Baker, WASH Travis Eckert, OSU
May 30 DaShawn Keirsey, Jr., UTAH Luke Heimlich, OSU
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