Pac-10 Baseball Player/Pitcher of the Week

May 28, 2002

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - USC swept the Pac-10 Player and Pitcher of the Week awards as senior center fielder Brian Barre was named Player of the Week and freshman right-hander Brett Bannister was named Pitcher of the Week for May 20-26, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Barre, from Garden Grove, Calif., hit .467 (7-for-15) in the series at UCLA with two home runs, a double and stolen base. He also scored six times and drove in two runs. His two homers were solo shots in last Saturday and Sunday's games. With 70 runs scored, Barre is five away from tying the single- season school record of 75 set by three players (Rich Dauer, '74, Mark McGwire, '84 and Geoff Jenkins, '95).

Bannister, from Paradise Valley, Ariz., registered two wins in relief appearances against the Bruins. He went 2-0 with a 0.96 ERA, allowing one run and seven hits. He walked just two batters and struck out 10. He pitched six scoreless innings, walking one and striking out seven in Friday's 5-4 win in extra innings. In Sunday's 13-3 win he gave up one run on three hits.

Both players were instrumental in helping the Trojans clinch the Pac-10 title outright, winning back-to-back championships for the first time since 1995 and 1996. It was USC's fourth title in eight years and 38th in school history.

The Player of the Week honor is the first for Barre in his career. It is the 48th selection all-time for USC. The Pitcher of the Week honor is the first for Bannister in his career, and the 50th selection all-time for USC.

Also nominated for Player of the Week was Andre Ethier, ASU and Sam Fuld, STAN. Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week was Bryce Kartler, ASU and Jeremy Guthrie, STAN.

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; May 20 - Jeremy West, ASU; May 27 - Brian Barre, 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; May 6 - Mike Kunes, UCLA; May 15 - Tim Cunningham, STAN; May 20 - Jeremy Guthrie, STAN; May 27 - Brett Bannister, USC.

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