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.

ALSO NOMINATED
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

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
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