Stanford's Ash and UCLA's Janssen Named Pac-10 Player and Pitcher of the Week

May 25, 2004


WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - STANFORD senior infielder Jonny Ash and UCLA senior right-handed pitcher Casey Janssen, have been named Pac-10 Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week for the week of May 18-24, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Ash, from Oakland, Calif., returned to the Cardinal lineup for the USC series after missing 15 games due to injury and hit .462 (6-for-13) with two doubles, a triple, four RBI and scored four runs to go along with his .769 slugging percentage and .533 on-base percentage as the Cardinal took two out of three games from the Trojans this weekend. Ash had his biggest game of the weekend in the 8-2 rubber match win on May 23, going 3-for-4 with a triple and a career-high tying four RBI.

Janssen, from Huntington Beach, Calif., threw his first career complete game as UCLA defeated then first-place Washington, 3-1, on May 21. Janssen allowed just one run on six hits while striking out eight. In the game he walked only one batter as UCLA got its first win of the weekend and went on to take the series two games to one.

The Player of the Week honor is the first of the season and second all-time for Ash, while it is the 57th such honor for Stanford. The Pitcher of the Week honor is also the first of the season, second all-time for Janssen and the 36th selection all-time for UCLA. Interestingly enough, both won the award last year on the same date of May 12, 2003.

Also nominated for Player of the Week: Travis Buck, ASU; Grant Richardson, WSU. Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week: Jason Urquidez, ASU; Ian Kennedy, USC; Tim Lincecum, WASH; Aaron MacKenzie, WSU.

2004 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 17 - Brandon Averill, UCLA; Feb. 24-Dustin Pedroia, ASU; March 2- Travis Buck, ASU; March 9-Travis Buck, ASU; March 16- Zach Clem, WASH; March 23- Brian Horwitz, CAL; March 30- Zach Clem, WASH; April 6- Grant Richardson, WSU; April 13- Brian Hall, STAN; April 20- Danny Putnam, STAN; April 27- Aaron Hathaway, WASH; May 4- Brian Hall, STAN; May 11- Jordan Brown, ARIZ; May 18- Trevor Crowe, ARIZ; May 25- Jonny Ash, STAN.

2004 PAC-10 PITCHERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 17 - Aaron MacKenzie, WSU; Feb. 24- Jason Urquidez, ASU; March 2- Koley Kolberg, ARIZ; March 9- Mark Romanczuk, STAN; March 16- Tim Lincecum, WASH; March 23- Andy Baldwin, OSU; March 30- Michael Friedman, USC; April 6- Bret Butler, USC; April 13-Jeff Stimpson, STAN; April 20- Garrett Alwert, WSU; April 27- Kevin Gunderson, OSU; May 4- Scott Burns, ARIZ; May 11- Tim Lincecum, WASH; May 18- Wes Whisler, UCLA; May 25- Casey Janssen, UCLA.

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