Stanford's Ragira, UCLA's Plutko Named Pac-10 Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - STANFORD freshman first baseman Brian Ragira has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week and UCLA freshman right-handed pitcher Adam Plutko has been named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for May 2-8, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.
Ragira hit .571 to help Stanford to a 4-0 record last week, defeating San Jose State and then sweeping Washington. The Arlington, Texas, native finished with three runs and six RBI. Ragira was 5-for-5 with a two-run single in Saturday's 8-7 win over the Huskies. He also hit the go-ahead two-run triple in the eighth inning on Sunday to erase a 2-1 deficit.
This marks the first career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor for Ragira and Stanford's 67th all-time Player of the Week selection.
Plutko tossed a two-hit complete game shutout in the series finale at Oregon on Sunday, helping the Bruins earn the road sweep. The Upland, Calif., native struck out seven batters and only walked one, facing three over the minimum. He allowed just one baserunner through the final five innings to notch his first career complete game and UCLA's second in as many days. Plutko lowered his ERA to 1.59 and has gone 2-0 with a 1.05 ERA through his last six starts. He is 4-3 with 68 strikeouts and 17 walks in 79.1 innings this spring.
This is the Plutko's first career Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honor and the 59th all-time selection for UCLA.
Also Nominated (Player): Bobby Rinard, ARIZ; Joey DeMichele, ASU; Brian Stamps, OSU; Cody Regis, UCLA
Also Nominated (Pitcher): Kyle Simon, ARIZ; Kyle Ottoson, ASU; Christian Jones, ORE; Ben Wetzler, OSU; Mark Appel, STAN
2011 Pac-10 Players of the Week: Feb. 22 - Riccio Torrez, Jr., 3B, ASU; Mar. 1 - Chad Bunting, Jr., OF, CAL; Mar. 8 - Andrew Susac, So., C, OSU; Mar. 14 - Matt Newman, Sr., OF, ASU; Mar. 21 - Aaron Jones, Fr., OF, ORE; Mar. 28 - Ricky Oropesa, Jr., 1B, USC; Apr. 4 - Lonnie Kauppila, Fr., 2B, STAN; Apr. 11 - Ryan Dunn, Jr., INF, OSU; Apr. 18 - Kavin Keyes, Fr., INF/DH, OSU; Apr. 25 - Riccio Torrez, Jr., 3B, ASU; May 2 - Joey DeMichele, So., DH, ASU; May 9 - Brian Ragira, Fr., 1B, STAN
2011 Pac-10 Pitchers of the Week: Feb. 22 - Madison Boer, Jr., RHP, ORE; Mar. 1 - Sam Gaviglio, Jr., RHP, OSU; Mar. 8 - Trevor Bauer, Jr., RHP, UCLA; Mar. 14 - Logan Odom, Sr., RHP, USC; Mar. 21 - Sam Gaviglio, Jr., RHP, OSU; Mar. 28 - Trevor Bauer, Jr., RHP, UCLA; Apr. 4 - Kurt Heyer, So., RHP, ARIZ; Apr. 11 - Trevor Bauer, Jr., RHP, UCLA; Apr. 18 - Trevor Bauer, Jr., RHP, UCLA; Apr. 25 - Trevor Bauer, Jr., RHP, UCLA; May 2 - Josh Osich, RS Jr., LHP, OSU; May 9 - Adam Plutko, Fr., RHP, UCLA