May 28, 2012
NCAA Tucson Regional Ticket Information
TUCSON, Ariz. - The Pac-12 Conference on Monday named Johnny Field its Player of the Week and Kurt Heyer the Pitcher of the Week, giving the duo a sweep of the conference accolades for the second time in the last three weeks.
Johnny Field delivered a walk-off single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning on Sunday to give Arizona an 8-7 victory over Arizona State and earn a share of the Wildcats' first conference championship since 1992.
In doing so, Field claimed the regular season league batting title as his 6-for-13 (.462) weekend at the plate pushed his season batting average to .379. Along with his six hits, he scored three runs in the series to give him a league-best 59 runs scored on the season. Field, a sophomore, also finished with the highest on-base percentage (.494) and the most walks (39). His .526 slugging percentage also ranks in the top-10.
Heyer tossed his sixth complete game of the season (first shutout) and the Wildcats needed every bit of it last Friday night in a thrilling 1-0 victory over Arizona State. The win, coupled with an Oregon loss, moved the Wildcats into a tie for first-place at the time. They went on to win a share of the Pac-12 Championship (with UCLA) over the weekend.
A native of Huntington Beach, Calif., Heyer collected his 11th win of the season and lowered his ERA to 2.03 as he scattered six hits and struck out two over the nine innings. Heyer limited the Sun Devils to just a 1-for-13 clip with runners on base in the game. His pitching effort gave Arizona the chance to win the game in the bottom of the ninth inning when Seth Mejias-Brean drove in Robert Refsnyder with the game's lone run on a one-out double for the walk-off win.
Heyer has thrown five (5) complete games in his last eight (8) Pac-12 starts. The righties' six (6) complete games in 2012 are the most in a season for a Wildcat pitcher since Lance Dickson had seven (7) in 1990, and he has a 6-1 record with a 1.43 ERA in his last eight (8) Pac-12 starts.
A right-hander, Heyer's 2.03 earned run average is second-lowest in the Pac-12, and the lowest for any starting pitcher. He leads all pitchers in innings pitched (119.2), is tied for second in strikeouts (91) and is second in wins (11).
Arizona (38-17), ranked No. 13 in Baseball America, hosts the Tucson Regional this weekend (June 1-4) at Hi Corbett Field. The Wildcats are the top-seed in the regional and will face No. 4-seed Missouri (32-26), which won the Big 12 Tournament Championship this past weekend, on Friday at 8 p.m. MST.