Washington State's Ard, Arizona State's Rodgers Named Pac-10 Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - WASHINGTON STATE redshirt sophomore first baseman Taylor Ard has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week and ARIZONA STATE sophomore right-handed pitcher Brady Rodgers has been named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for May 16-22, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.
Ard led the Cougars last week, batting .500 (12-for-24) with nine extra-base hits. He had six doubles and three home runs. The Vancouver, Wash., native drove in 11 runs and scored in six games for the Cougars. Ard moved into a tie for for the Pac-10 lead in home runs with eight and he now owns a conference-best 50 RBI. He hit safely in all six games last week, including five multiple-hit outings. Ard collected at least one RBI and one extra-base hit in each game. He capped the week with a 3-for-3 performance on Sunday, including a ninth-inning single in Washington State's 8-7 come-from-behind win over Oregon.
This marks the first career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor for Ard and Washington State's 64th all-time Player of the Week selection.
Rodgers tossed his first career complete game in the Sun Devils' 6-0 win over Washington on Friday. The Richmond, Texas, native scattered five hits while striking out nine. Rodgers' previous career high for innings pitched was 8.0 against Arizona last season.
This is the Rodgers' first career Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honor and the 59th all-time selection for Arizona State.
Also Nominated (Player): J.J. Altobelli, ORE; Tyler Gaffney, STAN
Also Nominated (Pitcher): Erik Johnson, CAL; Christian Jones, ORE; Chris Reed, STAN; Trevor Bauer, UCLA; Logan Odom, USC; Jacob Clem, WASH
2011 Pac-10 Players of the Week: Feb. 22 - Riccio Torrez, Jr., 3B, ASU; Mar. 1 - Chad Bunting, Jr., OF, CAL; Mar. 8 - Andrew Susac, So., C, OSU; Mar. 14 - Matt Newman, Sr., OF, ASU; Mar. 21 - Aaron Jones, Fr., OF, ORE; Mar. 28 - Ricky Oropesa, Jr., 1B, USC; Apr. 4 - Lonnie Kauppila, Fr., 2B, STAN; Apr. 11 - Ryan Dunn, Jr., INF, OSU; Apr. 18 - Kavin Keyes, Fr., INF/DH, OSU; Apr. 25 - Riccio Torrez, Jr., 3B, ASU; May 2 - Joey DeMichele, So., DH, ASU; May 9 - Brian Ragira, Fr., 1B, STAN; May 16 - Danny Pulfer, Jr., 2B, ORE; May 23 - Taylor Ard, R-So., 1B, WSU
2011 Pac-10 Pitchers of the Week: Feb. 22 - Madison Boer, Jr., RHP, ORE; Mar. 1 - Sam Gaviglio, Jr., RHP, OSU; Mar. 8 - Trevor Bauer, Jr., RHP, UCLA; Mar. 14 - Logan Odom, Sr., RHP, USC; Mar. 21 - Sam Gaviglio, Jr., RHP, OSU; Mar. 28 - Trevor Bauer, Jr., RHP, UCLA; Apr. 4 - Kurt Heyer, So., RHP, ARIZ; Apr. 11 - Trevor Bauer, Jr., RHP, UCLA; Apr. 18 - Trevor Bauer, Jr., RHP, UCLA; Apr. 25 - Trevor Bauer, Jr., RHP, UCLA; May 2 - Josh Osich, RS Jr., LHP, OSU; May 9 - Adam Plutko, Fr., RHP, UCLA; May 16 - Kyle Simon, Jr., RHP, ARIZ; May 23 - Brady Rodgers, So., RHP, ASU