ASU's Wallace Named Pac-10 Baseball Player of the Week and Cal's Ross Named Pitcher of the Week

Feb. 26, 2008

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - ARIZONA STATE junior third baseman Brett Wallace has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Baseball Player of the Week and CALIFORNIA junior right-handed pitcher Tyson Ross has been named Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 19-25, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Wallace, from Sonoma, Calif., opened up the 2008 season by going 5-for-12 (.417) over the weekend, helping Arizona State sweep the DeMarini Invitational. In the 18-6 win over No. 3 Vanderbilt, Wallace hit a grand slam and a three-run shot to tie his career-high with seven RBI. On Sunday against No. 7 Oregon State, he had his third straight at-bat with a homer, helping ASU to an 11-0 win. Wallace finished the opening weekend with nine RBI, seven runs scores and slugging 1.167 percent. Wallace went on to be named the Most Outstanding Player of the DeMarini Invitaional. Next, the Sun Devils will travel to Surprise, Ariz., to participate in the Coca-Cola Classic, taking on Michigan as their first opponent on Thurs., Feb. 28.

Ross, an Oakland, Calif. native and a preseason All-American, finished the California vs. Kansas State contest throwing 5.0 innings with only one hit, one run, one walk and seven strikeouts. Despite trailing 1-0 after Ross had given up a lead-off homer to start the game, the Golden Bears went on to defeat the Wildcats, 5-1. California has started the season 2-0-1 and will take on Fresno State on Thurs., Feb. 28 as its first opponent at the University of San Diego Tournament.

The Player of the Week honor is the second of Wallace's career, and the 84th such honor for Arizona State. The Pitcher of the Week honor is the first for Ross, and the 27th selection all-time for California.

Also nominated for Player of the Week: David Cooper, CAL; Zach Jones, STAN; Hector Rabago, USC; Bradley Boyer, WASH; Paul Gran, WSU.

Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week: Jeremy Bleich, STAN; Chris McCaffery, USC; Elliott Cribby, WASH; Ross Humes, WSU.

2008 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 26 -Brett Wallace, Jr., 3B, ASU.

2008 PAC-10 PITCHERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 26 - Tyson Ross, Jr., RHP, CAL.

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