ASU's Roling Named Pac-10 Baseball Player of the Week and UCLA's Murphy Named Pitcher of the Week
May 20, 2008
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - ARIZONA STATE junior first baseman Kiel Roling has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Baseball Player of the Week and UCLA junior left-handed pitcher Tim Murphy has been named Pitcher of the Week for May 12 - 18, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Roling, from Grand Junction, Colo., went 9-for-13 (.692) leading the Sun Devils to a 4-0 week. He knocked in eight runs, slugged 1.385 and scored five runs helping Arizona State beat LMU on Monday and sweep Washington. He also played solid defense at first base, a spot he was playing due to the injury to Ike Davis.
Murphy, from Vista, Calif., earned the save at No. 12 UC Irvine on Tuesday night and registered the victory in a 10-0 win against Washington State on Friday evening. Murphy entered Tuesday's game with UCLA leading, 6-3, in the bottom of the ninth inning with the bases loaded and one out. Following a fielding error on the infield, allowing one run to score, Murphy registered a strikeout and induced a game-ending groudout, sending UCLA away with a 6-4 victory. Friday evening in the series opener against Washington State, Murphy fanned eight batters, allowing just two hits in seven scoreless innings. Murphy lowered his earned-run average to 3.89 and has compiled team highs with 97 strikeouts in 85.2 innings.
The Player of the Week honor is the fourth of Roling's career, and the 88th such honor for ASU. The Pitcher of the Week honor is the second for Murphy, and the 47th selection all-time for UCLA.
Also nominated for Player of the Week: Colt Sedbrook, ARIZ; Cody Decker, UCLA; Nick Buss, USC.
Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week: Daniel Schlereth, ARIZ; Mike Leake, ASU; Anthony Vasquez, USC.
2008 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 26-Brett Wallace, Jr., 3B, ASU; Mar. 4-Josh Satin, Sr., 2B, CAL; Mar. 11-Ike Davis, Jr., 1B/LHP, ASU; Mar. 18-Ike Davis, Jr., 1B/LHP, ASU; Mar. 25-Ryan Ortiz, So., C, OSU; April 1-David Cooper, Jr., 1B, CAL; April 8-Sean Ratliff, Jr., OF/LHP, STAN; April 15-Grant Green, So., SS, USC; April 22-Lonnie Lechelt, Sr., IF, OSU; April 29-Kiel Roling, Jr., DH, ASU; May 6-Kyle Conley, RS So., OF, WASH; May 13-Kyle Conley, RS So., OF, WASH; May 20-Kiel Roling, Jr., 1B, ASU.
2008 PAC-10 PITCHERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 26-Tyson Ross, Jr., RHP, CAL; Mar. 4-Tim Murphy, Jr., LHP, UCLA; Mar. 11-David Coulon, Sr., LHP, ARIZ; Mar. 18-Ross Humes, Jr., P, WSU; Mar. 25-Ryan Cook, Jr., RHP, USC; April 1-Tyson Ross, Jr., RHP, CAL; April 8-Nick Haughian, Jr., LHP, WASH; April 15-Ryan Perry, Jr., RHP, ARIZ; April 22-Erik Davis, Sr., RHP, STAN; April 29-Preston Guilmet, Jr., RHP, ARIZ; May 6-Jason Novak, Jr., RHP, UCLA; May 13-Matt Gorgen, Jr., P, CAL; May 20-Tim Murphy, Jr., LHP, UCLA.