Updated March 19, 2012
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — ARIZONA junior third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean has been named Pac-12 Player of the Week and UCLA freshman left-handed pitcher Grant Watson has been named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week for March 12-18, Commissioner Larry Scott announced Monday.
Mejias-Brean hit safely in all five games last week, including three multi-hit contests to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. He was instrumental in Arizona’s weekend series win over Washington State as the Wildcats found themselves down 5-0 in the first inning of the Saturday double-header. Mejias-Brean’s two-run single in the bottom of the first inning sparked the ‘Cats to a three-run first inning as they eventually overcame the deficit to win 8-7. In the second half of the twinbill, the junior collected two more hits and drove in three runs as the UA swept the double-header with a 12-9 win. Mejias-Brean hit a team-best .450 last week, including a .714 average (5-for-7) with runners in scoring position. His eight total RBI on the week improved his season tally to 23, which is tied for second-most in the Pac-12. On the week, Mejias-Brean had 18 assists and made three putouts.
This is Mejias-Brean’s first career Pac-12 Player of the Week honor and the 56th all-time selection for Arizona.
Watson went 2-0 in three appearances—two of them starts—for the Bruins last week. On Tuesday, the freshman limited USC to one run and seven hits in six innings at Dodger Stadium, recording five strikeouts and no walks in UCLA’s 7-2 win in the Dodgertown Classic. In a relief appearance on Friday night, Watson registered three consecutive outs in the eighth and ninth innings with the game tied, 5-5. In the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader, the Bakersfield, Calif., native limited ASU to two runs and four hits in six-plus innings to earn the victory. Watson became the first UCLA pitcher to notch two victories in one week since Trevor Bauer accomplished the feat as a freshman in 2009. He posted a 2.08 ERA in 13.0 innings pitched last week.
This is Watson’s first career Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week selection and UCLA’s 61st all-time selection. A Bruin has won the honor twice in as many weeks, with sophomore Adam Plutko taking the nod last week.
Also Nominated (Player): Abe Ruiz, ASU; Michael Conforto, OSU; Trevor Brown, UCLA; Parker Morin, UTAH; Derek Jones, WSU.
Also Nominated (Pitcher): Trevor Williams, ASU; Dan Child, OSU; Joe Pond, UTAH; Tyler Davis, WASH; J.D. Leckenby, WSU.
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
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