April 8, 2003
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.- Arizona sophomore Jeff Van Houten has been named the April 8 Pac-10 Player of the week, the conference office announced today. The honor is the second of the season for Van Houten and the fifth weekly award for an Arizona player/pitcher this season.
Van Houten garnered his second recognition of the year for his 9 for 13-weekend against Miami (Ohio). The second-year starter batted .692 with two triples, his seventh home run of the season, five runs scored and a team-high eight RBIs. He posted a .714 on-base percentage and tallied a 1.231 slugging percentage in helping Arizona win its final non-conference series of the season. In Sunday's 9-4 win he finished 3 for 4 with a career-high-tying six RBIs and needed just a double to hit for the cycle. He was recognized by the Pac-10 previously this season for the week of March 10-17.
The Player of the Week honor is 39th all-time for an Arizona player and the second in Van Houten's career. UA's five weekly award winners this season (three pitchers, two players) are the most for a Wildcat team since the 1992 club also had five members (four pitchers, one player) recognized. The 1991 Arizona team tallied a school record eight Player/Pitcher of the Week honorees.
Van Houten and the Wildcats return to Pac-10 action this Friday at Frank Sancet Field against Washington. First pitch for the three-game series opener is slated for 7 p.m. and all three games against the Huskies can be heard live on KNST (790-AM).
2003 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 4 - Billy Susdorf, UCLA; Feb. 11 - Allen Craig, CAL; Feb. 18 - Jeff Clement, USC; Feb. 25 - Jeremy West, ASU; Mar. 4 - Danny Putnam, STAN; Mar. 11 - Brandon Averill, UCLA; Mar. 18 - Jeff Van Houten, ARIZ; Mar. 25 - Jeff Clement, USC; Apr. 1 - Travis Buck, ASU; Apr. 8 - Jeff Van Houten, ARIZ.
2003 PAC-10 PITCHERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 4 - Jered Liebeck, ASU; Feb. 11 - John Hudgins, STAN; Feb. 18 - Sean Rierson, ARIZ; Feb. 25 - Ryan Schroyer, ASU; Mar. 4 - Mike Kunes, UCLA; Mar. 11 - Sean Rierson, ARIZ; Mar. 18 - Jeff Petersen, WASH; Mar. 25 - Richie Gardner, ARIZ; Apr. 1 - Mark Romanczuk, STAN; Apr. 8 -Jesse Ingram, CAL.