March 19, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. - Arizona junior third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week on Monday after leading the Wildcats to three key victories last week.
Mejias-Brean, from nearby Cienega High School, collected a base hit in all five games played last week to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. Over five games, Mejias-Brean batted 9-for-20 (.450) at the plate and collected eight RBI to help the Wildcats to a road victory at then-No. 8 Rice and a sweep of a Saturday double-header against Washington State to hand UA their first conference series win of the year.
Mejias-Brean drove in Arizona's only run in a 5-1 loss at Rice last Tuesday and helped the club rebound with a victory thanks to a three-hit, two-RBI day against Owls on Wednesday to split the mid-week series with an 8-5 win.
Over the weekend, Mejias-Brean was instrumental in UA's weekend series win over Washington State as the Wildcats found themselves down 5-0 in the first inning of a double-header on Saturday, less than 24 hours after they dropped the opener 6-0. Mejias-Brean's two-run single in the bottom of the first inning sparked the Wildcats to a three-run first inning as they eventually overcame the deficit to win 8-7. In the second half of the twin-bill, Mejias-Brean collected two mores hits and drove in three runs as UA swept the double-header with a 12-9 win.
For the week, Mejias-Brean had a team-best .450 batting average, including a blistering .714 clip (5-for-7) with runners in scoring position to go with two key two-out RBI. His eight total RBI on the week improved his season tally to 23, which is tied for second-most in the Pac-12. As a sophomore, Mejias-Brean had just 28 RBI all season long. His current 13-game hitting streak has raised his batting average from .294 to its current .354 mark.
Arizona (16-4, 2-1 Pac-12) is ranked No. 5 in this week's Baseball America Top 25. The Wildcats play host to New Mexico State (15-8, 0-0 WAC) on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, before traveling to Corvallis, Ore., to take on No. 19 Oregon State (14-5, 3-0) in a three-game series over the weekend.