Pac-10 Baseball Player/Pitcher of the Week

March 26, 2002

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - ARIZONA STATE sophomore right fielder Andre Ethier has been named Pac-10 Baseball Player of the Week and ARIZONA sophomore right-hander Marc Kaiser has been named Pac-10 Baseball Pitcher of the Week for Mar. 19-25, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Ethier, from Phoenix, Ariz., hit .417 in ASU's series win at rival Arizona, including the two hits to lead the Sun Devils to a pair of victories. In the opening game against the Wildcats, he hit a two-run single in the ninth inning to cap ASU's five-run comeback, lifting the Sun Devils to 9-7 win. In Saturday's 10-6 win, Ethier hit a two-run home run in the seventh to break a 4-4 tie, leading ASU to a 10-6 win. For the weekend he was 5-for-12 with five runs scored, a double, a home run and five RBI.

Kaiser, from Reno, Nev., tossed his second consecutive complete game of the season in Arizona's 10-1 win over Arizona State on Sunday. The five-hit outing helped the Wildcats avoid a series sweep to their rivals to the north and nearly ended ASU's NCAA consecutive games with a run record. Needing only 93 pitches, Kaiser posted three strikeouts and just one walk, in the third complete game performance of his career.

The Player of the Week honor is the first for Ethier in his career, and the 64th selection all-time for Arizona State. The Pitcher of the Week honor is the first for Kaiser in his career, and the 24th selection all-time for Arizona.

Also nominated for Player of the Week were Carson White, CAL, Chris O'Riordan, STAN, Ben Francisco, UCLA. Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week were Ryan Schroyer, ASU, Trevor Hutchinson, CAL, Casey Janssen, UCLA.

2002 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Mar. 12 - Adam Berry, UCLA, Mar. 19 - Jay Garthwaite, WASH, Mar. 26 - Andre Ethier, ASU.

2002 PAC-10 PITCHERS OF THE WEEK: Mar. 12 - Robbie McClellan, ASU, Mar. 19 - Jon Williams, USC, Mar. 26 - Marc Kaiser, ARIZ.

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