Pac-10 Baseball Player/Pitcher of the Week

May 13, 2002

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - CALIFORNIA junior catcher John Baker and UCLA freshman first baseman Wes Whisler have been named Pac-10 Baseball Co-Players of the Week and STANFORD junior left-hander Tim Cunningham has been named Pac-10 Baseball Pitcher of the Week for May 6-12, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Baker, from Walnut Creek, Calif., batted .583 in Cal's series against Oregon State and helped the Bears to a three-game sweep over the Beavers. He was 7-for-12 with a double, grand slam home run and three walks. He also scored four times and drove in seven runs.

Whisler, from Noblesville, Ind., hit .368 (7-for-19) with three home runs, as UCLA won three of four games last week against Long Beach State and Arizona. Whisler knocked out multiple hits in three of those contests and extended his hitting streak to 11 games before going 0-for-4 on Saturday. He also added six runs and seven RBI. Whisler has 13 home runs on the season, two short of UCLA's freshman record of 15.

Cunningham, from Rocklin, Calif., helped Stanford win its Pac-10 series over Arizona State last weekend. He earned the Cardinal's 3-1 Sunday victory in the rubber game of the series, shutting the Sun Devils out over the first seven innings. Cunningham is 6-2 on the season and has a 3.97 ERA. He leads Stanford's pitching staff with 15 games started.

The Player of the Week honor is the first for both Baker and Whisler in their careers. It is the 34th selection all-time for Cal and the 37th selection all-time for UCLA. The Pitcher of the Week honor is the first for Cunningham in his career, and the 59th selection all-time for Stanford.

Also nominated for Player of the Week were Jeff Larish, ASU; Ryan Garko, STAN; Brian Barre, USC. Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week were Mike Esposito, ASU; Jesse Ingram, CAL; Anthony Reyes, USC.

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; May 6 - Andy Jarvis, OSU; May 15 - John Baker, CAL & Wes Whisler, UCLA.

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; May 6 - Mike Kunes, UCLA; May 15 - Tim Cunningham, STAN.

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