Baseball's Sean McLain Named Pac-12 Player of the Week
PHOENIX – After leading the Sun Devil Baseball to four wins in the span of a week, Sean McLain has been named the Pac-12 Player of the Week, as announced by the league office today.
McLain was the catalyst for a Sun Devil offense that scored 52 runs in four games, including 31 in the team's series sweep over USC – the most the Trojans had allowed in a weekend series in 43 weekend series since 2018. It was ASU's first sweep over the Trojans since 2012.
ASU also dropped 21 runs on the road at Santa Clara on Monday, the most it had scored in a single game since 2010.
The redshirt sophomore batted a gaudy .688 on the week on 11-of-16 hitting, adding team bests in RBIs (7) and runs scored (8). He was also flawless in the field with no errors on 20 chances, including a couple of highlight reel plays.
McLain had three hits in three of the games and two in the other, slugging .813 on the week. The shortstop is eighth in the Pac-12 with a .453 OBP and tied for second in the league with 42 runs scored. Defensively, McLain is still the league leader if assists at 117 and tied for sixth in the league with 25 double plays turned, which is actually first among non-first basemen.
It is the second time in the last four weeks that an Arizona State player has won this award with Ethan Long capturing the honor three weeks ago. It is also the first time McLain has won this award, but not the first in his family. His older brother, Matt, was named Pac-12 Player of the Week in March of 2020 for UCLA.
The Sun Devils return to action on Tuesday, April 18 to take on CSUN in a midweek tilt at Phoenix Municipal Stadium before heading south for what is now a pivotal Pac-12 series against rival Arizona beginning on Friday.