Yates Named Pac-12 Baseball Player of the Week
LOS ANGELES – UCLA sophomore outfielder Carson Yates has been named the Pac-12 Baseball Player of the Week, the league office announced on Monday afternoon.
Yates was instrumental in the Bruins' 3-1 week, batting .500 (5-10) with two home runs and seven RBIs. He collected hits in each game of the Shriner's Children's College Classic at Minute Maid Park, leading UCLA to the tournament championship.
His breakout weekend started with a pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning against Baylor on Friday, his first-career roundtripper. He followed that up with a career-high six RBIs on Saturday, hitting a grand slam to lead the Bruins to a 15-3 blowout win over Oklahoma. He added two hits – including his second career triple – on Sunday to help the Bruins to a 5-1 win over No. 1-ranked Texas.
He becomes the first Bruin to be named Pac-12 Baseball Player of the Week since Kevin Kendall on Apr. 19, 2021. It's the first-career weekly honor for Yates.
On the season, Yates is slashing .353/.353/.882 in 17 at-bats over seven games.
Yates and No. 15-ranked UCLA open a seven-game homestand on Tuesday night by hosting Cal State Fullerton. That game is scheduled for a 6:00 p.m. PT start, and will be streamed on UCLABruins.com.