May 5, 2009
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – Arizona sophomore outfielder/designated hitter Bobby Coyle has been named the Pac-10 Player of the Week, the league office announced on Tuesday morning.
Coyle, a native of West Hills, Calif., turned in a sensational weekend at the plate as he helped the Wildcats to a three game sweep of visiting California, which gave UA back-to-back Pac-10 conference series victories.
In three games as UA’s designated hitter, Coyle combined to hit 6-for-13, including a triple in each game of the series, scored two runs and drove in a team-high nine RBI.
Coyle was critical to the Wildcats’ success all weekend long, delivering clutch hits with runners on base. In fact, he was 5-for-7 with runners in scoring position and 2-for-2 with the bases loaded (both hits were triples). Additionally, Coyle was 3-for-4 batting with two outs in an inning and he drove in four two-out RBI.
His three triples on the weekend increased his season total to six, which currently leads all Pac-10 players and is the most for a Wildcat since 2007.
The left-hand hitter finished the series with a .462 average, 1.000 slugging percentage and .467 on base percentage. He walked once, stole a base and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.
This is the first weekly honor for Coyle and the 51st player of the week all-time for Arizona.
Last week, senior Preston Guilmet earned his sixth all-time Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week award. Earlier this season, junior Jason Stoffel was also tabbed with the weekly honor.
The Wildcats open a two-game series at Cal State Fullerton tonight at 6 p.m. at Goodwin Field in Fullerton, Calif. Arizona will battle the Titans again on Wednesday at 6 p.m., before returning home to host Loyola Marymount in a three game series that begins on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Jerry Kindall Field in Tucson.
Bobby Coyle’s 2009 Stats:
Avg. GP-GS AB H 2B 3B HR RBI Slg% OB% SB-ATT
.329 41-36 164 58 11 6 3 34 .524 .360 5-5