Oregon Sweeps Weekly Baseball Honors
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — OREGON sophomore outfielder Brett Thomas has been named Pac-12 Player of the Week and OREGON senior right-handed pitcher Alex Keudell has been named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week for April 2-8, Commissioner Larry Scott announced Monday.
Thomas batted .636 (7-for-11) in three games against then-No. 5 UCLA last week, racking up two doubles, three runs scored, two RBI and two stolen bases as the then-No. 22 Ducks took two of three games from the Bruins in Los Angeles. The Poway, Calif., native posted a .692 on-base percentage and .818 slugging percentage, and also was perfect in the outfield, adding an assist on Saturday. Tacking on Oregon's series sweep of Arizona State from two weekends ago, Oregon won five consecutive conference games for the first time since 1976.
This is Thomas' first career Pac-12 Player of the Week honor and the fifth all-time selection for Oregon.
Keudell threw seven shutout innings in the first game of the Oregon-UCLA series on Thursday, when the Ducks upset the then-No. 5 Bruins, 6-2. The senior allowed eight hits, struck out two, walked one and didn't allow any extra-base hits as he improved to 4-3 on the season. Keudell now has pitched 22 consecutive shutout innings and is 3-0 in his last three starts.
This is Keudell's first career Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week selection and Oregon's fourth all-time selection. Oregon sophomore Jimmie Sherfy claimed the first Pitcher of the Week award of the 2012 season on Feb. 21.
Also Nominated (Player): Bobby Brown, ARIZ; Deven Marrero, ASU; Eric Smith, STAN; Parker Morin, UTAH.
Also Nominated (Pitcher): Kurt Heyer, ARIZ; Matt Dunbar, ASU; Mark Appel, STAN; David Berg, UCLA; Andrew Triggs, USC; Mitch Watrous, UTAH.
2012 Pac-12 Players of the Week: Feb. 21 - Abe Ruiz, Sr., 1B, ASU; Feb. 28 - Jeff Gelalich, Jr., OF, UCLA; March 6 - Joey DeMichele, Jr., 2B, ASU; March 13 - Jeff Gelalich, Jr., OF, UCLA; March 19 - Seth Mejias-Brean, Jr., 3B, ARIZ; March 26 - Beau Amaral, Jr., OF, UCLA; April 2 - Derek Jones, Fr., OF, WSU; April 9 - Brett Thomas, So., OF, ORE
2012 Pac-12 Pitchers of the Week: Feb. 21 - Jimmie Sherfy, So., RHP, ORE; Feb. 28 - Mark Appel, Jr., RHP, STAN; March 6 - Kurt Heyer, Jr., RHP, ARIZ; March 13 - Adam Plutko, So., RHP, UCLA; March 19 - Grant Watson, Fr., LHP, UCLA; March 26 - Brady Rodgers, Jr., RHP, ASU; April 2 - Konner Wade, So., RHP, ARIZ; April 9 - Alex Keudell, Sr., RHP, ORE