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Pac-12 announces baseball weekly honors

Mar 4, 2014
USC Athletics/ Scott Chandler (UCLA Athletics)

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. —  USC third-baseman Kevin Swick has been named Pac-12 Player of the Week and UCLA right-handed pitcher Cody Poteet has been tabbed Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 24-Mar. 2, the Conference office announced Tuesday.

Swick, a senior from La Canada, Calif., had a stellar week for the Trojans, going 7-for-12 (.583) over three games, including a series split with 13th-ranked Cal Poly. His biggest game of the week came in a 16-0 blowout of the Mustangs in the second half of a double-header on Sunday, where USC tallied the 16 runs on 16 hits. Swick went 3-for-4 in the game with two doubles while having a hand in six of the the Trojan’s runs—scoring three and driving in three more. He currently ranks tied for fourth in the Pac-12 with 16 hits and is hitting .364 on the year. 

This is Swick’s first-career Pac-12 Player of the Week honor and USC’s 56th all-time selection. 

Poteet, a sophomore from Bonita, Calif., had a career day, tossing a complete game shutout in UCLA’s 5-0 win over Michigan. He allowed just two hits and no walks while recording a career-high 13 strikeouts over the full 9.0 innings of work. His 13 strikeouts were also the most by a UCLA pitcher since 2011 and it is the first shutout by a Bruin pitcher since March of last year. Poteet’s 18 strikeouts this year ranks tied for fourth in the Conference.

This is Poteet’s first-career Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week nod and is the 65th pitcher honoree overall for the Bruins. 

Both the Trojans and the Bruins have a full slate of games ahead for the week, with both in action tonight, Friday and Saturday before going head-to-head in a non-conference matchup on Sunday at Dedeaux Field. First pitch is at 1 p.m. PT. 

Also Nominated (Player): Kavin Keyes, OSU; Shane Zeile, UCLA; TJ Bennett, Utah; Brian Wolfe, WASH.   

Also Nominated (Pitcher): Ryan Kellogg, ASU; Andrew Moore, OSU; Bob Wheatley, USC; Brett Helton, UTAH; Jared Fisher, WASH; Joe Pistorese, WSU.

2014 Pac-12 Players of the Week: Feb. 18 – Michael Conforto, Jr., OF, OSU; Scott Kingery, So., OF, ARIZ; Mar. 4 - Kevin Swick, INF, USC.

2014 Pac-12 Pitchers of the Week: Feb. 18 – Daulton Jefferies, Fr., RHP, CAL; Nick Green, Sr., LHP, UTAH; Mar. 4 - Cody Poteet, RHP, UCLA.