Updated April 23, 2012
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — STANFORD freshman third baseman Alex Blandino has been named Pac-12 Player of the Week and OREGON STATE freshman left-handed pitcher Jace Fry has been named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week for April 16-22, Commissioner Larry Scott announced Monday.
Blandino went 9-for-16 (.563) over four games, racking up eight runs, four home runs, 11 RBI, one double and a steal, leading to a 1.375 slugging percentage and a .611 on-base percentage. He homered in four of his first seven at-bats last week, including two against then-No. 20 ARIZONA STATE on Friday. The Palo Alto, Calif., native hit the game-winning, two-out single in the ninth on Saturday and then contributed two runs, an RBI single and a steal on Sunday to help Stanford sweep ASU for the first time since 1999.
This is Blandino’s first career Pac-12 Player of the Week honor and the 68th all-time selection for Stanford.
Fry threw his first complete-game shutout against then-No. 11 UCLA on Saturday, striking out six in the Beavers’ 3-0 win. The freshman needed just 107 pitches to finish off the Bruins and improve to 4-2 on the season. Fry has allowed just three earned runs in 30 1/3 innings in April, giving him a 0.89 ERA for the month.
This is Fry’s first career Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week selection and OSU’s 66th all-time selection.
Also Nominated (Player): Seth Mejias-Brean, ARIZ; James McDonald, ASU; Chad Bunting, CAL; Aaron Payne, ORE; Ryan Gorton, OSU; Cody Regis, UCLA; Taylor Ard, WSU.
Also Nominated (Pitcher): Kurt Heyer, ARIZ; Matt Flemer, CAL; Jordan Spencer, ORE; Adam Plutko, UCLA.
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; April 16 - Beau Amaral, Jr., OF, UCLA; April 23 - Alex Blandino, Fr., 3B, STAN
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; April 16 - Alex Keudell, Sr., RHP, ORE; April 23 - Jace Fry, Fr., LHP, OSU