Pac-10 Baseball Player/Pitcher Of The Week
March 25, 2003
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - USC freshman catcher Jeff Clement has been named Pac-10 Baseball Player of the Week and ARIZONA junior right-hander Richie Gardner has been named Pac-10 Baseball Pitcher of the Week for March 17-23, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Clement, from Marshalltown, Iowa, went 7-for-16 (.438) with three home runs, a double and nine RBI, along with five walks and eight runs scored in games against San Diego and Arizona last week. He had two home runs on Fri., March 21 in a 12-2 win over the Wildcats and added another on Sat., March 22 for his Conference-leading 14th homer of the season. Clement also had a slugging percentage of 1.062 this week and needs only one more home run to become USC's first freshman ever to hit 15 or more homers in a season.
Gardner, from Santa Rosa, Calif., made a pair of starts last week and went 2-0, with a 1.80 ERA. He struck out 17 batters in 15 innings pitched, while giving up just three earned runs. On Tues., March 18, the junior struck out a season-high 12 New Mexico batters in seven innings of work. Then, pitching on just four days rest, Gardner helped Arizona clinch its first series win over USC in 10 years, allowing just two runs and striking out five in eight solid innings.
The Player of the Week honor is the second for Clement this season and the 50th selection all-time for Southern California. The Pitcher of the Week is the first such honor for Gardner, the 27th Wildcat to earn the weekly recognition.
Also nominated for Player of the Week were Brad Boyer, ARIZ; Dennis Wyrick, ASU; Chris Grossman, CAL; Brian Hall, STAN; Brett McMillan, UCLA. Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week were Matt Brown, CAL; Sean White, WASH.
2003 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 4 - Billy Susdorf, UCLA; Feb. 11 - Allen Craig, CAL; Feb. 18 - Jeff Clement, USC; Feb. 25 - Jeremy West, ASU; Mar. 4 - Danny Putnam, STAN; Mar. 11 - Brandon Averill, UCLA; Mar. 18 - Jeff Van Houten, ARIZ; Mar. 25 - Jeff Clement, USC.
2003 PAC-10 PITCHERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 4 - Jered Liebeck, ASU; Feb. 11 - John Hudgins, STAN; Feb. 18 - Sean Rierson, ARIZ; Feb. 25 - Ryan Schroyer, ASU; Mar. 4 - Mike Kunes, UCLA; Mar. 11 - Sean Rierson, ARIZ; Mar. 18 - Jeff Petersen, WASH; Mar. 25 - Richie Gardner, ARIZ.