Cole Elvis Named Pac-12 Player of the Week
SAN FRANCISCO – California junior Cole Elvis was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week by the conference office on Monday after leading the Golden Bears to a series win at 18th-ranked UCLA last weekend.
With Cal still fighting for a postseason berth, Elvis rose to the occasion by batting .529 (9-for-17) with seven runs batted in and four extra-base hits across four games played against nationally-ranked Stanford and UCLA last week. Elvis totaled seven hits in Cal's two wins at UCLA, helping the Golden Bears clinch their first road series win against the Bruins since 2009.
The Vacaville, California, product exploded for career highs in hits (4) – including a home run – and RBI (5) in Cal's 14-2 series-opening win at UCLA on May 21 before following it up with a 3-for-4 effort in the series-clinching 4-2 win on May 22. Elvis caught all 38 innings behind the dish throughout the week and threw out one of three potential base-stealers.
In a non-conference clash with rival Stanford earlier in the week on May 17, Elvis reached base three times, scored once and doubled home a game-tying run in the top of the eighth inning to send the game to extra innings.
It is Elvis' first award from the conference and the second time this season a Cal player has earned a weekly honor; Dylan Beavers was named Pac-12 Player of the Week on March 16. Elvis has started 45 of 48 games played this season and is third on the team in home runs (8) and RBI (33) while batting .238 overall.
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