Pac-10 Baseball Player/Pitcher of the Week

April 29, 2002

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - USC junior catcher Alberto Concepcion has been named Pac-10 Baseball Player of the Week and OREGON STATE sophomore right-hander Ben Rowe has been named Pac-10 Baseball Pitcher of the Week for Apr. 22-28, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Concepcion, from El Segundo, Calif., batted .562 over five games helping the Trojans secure a 4-1 record last week. He was 9-for-16 with three home runs, three doubles and a stolen base. He also scored 12 times and drove in eight runs. Concepcion showed his patience at the plate, walking nine times. He leads USC and the Conference with a .414 batting average and has 10 home runs and 43 RBI.

Rowe, from Greenwood, Australia, pitched a 4-hitter to beat No. 4 Stanford 3-1 in the first game of the Beavers-Cardinal series last weekend. Rowe walked zero and struck out four batters, as he threw the first complete game of his career and OSU's first complete game of the season. The only run he allowed came on a solo homer to start the fourth inning; following the home run, he retired 13 straight hitters and 15 of the next 16.

The Player of the Week honor is the first for Concepcion in his career. It is the 47th selection all-time for USC. The Pitcher of the Week honor is the first for Rowe in his career, and the 52nd selection all-time for Oregon State.

Also nominated for Player of the Week were Chris Cunningham, ARIZ; Jeff Dragicevich, CAL; Sam Fuld, STAN; Wes Whisler, UCLA; Tyler Davidson, WASH; Robert Stahlke, WSU. Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week were Trevor Hutchinson, CAL; John Hudgins, STAN; Doug Silva, UCLA; Shawn Kohn, WASH.

2002 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Mar. 12 - Adam Berry, UCLA; Mar. 19 - Jay Garthwaite, WASH; Mar. 26 - Andre Ethier, ASU; Apr. 1 - Jay Garthwaite, WASH; Apr. 8 - Jeremy West, ASU; Apr. 15 - Jason Cooper, STAN; Apr. 22 - Conor Jackson, CAL; Apr. 29 - Alberto Concepcion, USC.

2002 PAC-10 PITCHERS OF THE WEEK: Mar. 12 - Robbie McClellan, ASU; Mar. 19 - Jon Williams, USC; Mar. 26 - Marc Kaiser, ARIZ; Apr. 1 - Mike Esposito, ASU; Apr. 8 - Trevor Hutchinson, CAL, Apr. 15 - Matt Brown, CAL; Apr. 22 - Shawn Kohn, WASH; Apr. 29 - Ben Rowe, OSU.

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