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Steele, Guilmet Sweep Pac-10 Player/Pitcher of the Week Awards
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: May 08, 2007
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            TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Sophomores T.J. Steele and Preston Guilmet helped lead Arizona to a series sweep of Liberty last weekend and were rewarded with a clean sweep of the Pac-10 Player/Pitcher of the Week awards. For Guilmet, who was named the Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week on Monday for a third time this season, it is his school record fourth weekly selection of the year by the conference and marks just the eighth time in Pac-10 history for a player to garner the honor four times in a single season with the last being USC's Sean Etherton in 1997. Steele picked up his first career honor this week and the 49th all-time for an Arizona player.


Steele (.358, 7 HR, 42 RBI) handed in a career weekend at the plate to help lead Arizona to the sweep of Liberty in Tucson. He batted a team-high .786 (11 for 14) with two doubles, three home runs, a team-best eight RBI and five runs scored in the three games with the Flames. He slugged at a 1.571 clip for the weekend and posted a .824 on base percentage in the series for an astronomical OPS of 2.395. His efforts improved his season batting average 37 points from .321 heading into the weekend to its current .358 level.


In Friday’s 16-2 win, Steele went 4 for 5 with a double, a RBI and a run scored. He topped that in Saturday’s 16-3 win with a pair of home runs, a career-high five RBI and three runs scored to finish the contest 5 for 6. His first home run, a three-run shot in the first inning cleared the 35-foot high batter’s eye in straight away center. His second HR, a solo shot in the third, marked his first career multi-homer game. He wrapped up the fine weekend on Sunday by going 2 for 3 with his third home run of the series, a double, two RBI and a run scored. Steele, who has hit seven home runs this season for Arizona, completed last year without a single homer in 51 games played.


Guilmet (9-1, 1.68 ERA, 110 K), a Roger Clemens Award candidate and a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, tossed seven shutout innings in a one-hit start against Liberty for his ninth win of the year. The right-hander held the Flames hitless for 5 2/3 innings before finally giving up a two-out single in the sixth. He tossed seven scoreless innings in the start to put his first loss of the season ?- suffered the previous week at UCLA ?- behind him and lower his Pac-10-leading ERA 1.68 for the year. He finished the start with six strikeouts and no walks on a season-low 86 pitches.


            Guilmet’s and Steele’s sweep of the weekly conference awards marked just the sixth time UA players have done so and the first time since 1998.


Sweeping the Pac-10 Player/Pitcher of the Week Awards at Arizona

Year                Date                Player/Pitcher

1988                4/25                 Kevin Long/Jim Richardson

1989                5/15                 Todd Devereaux/Jim Richardson

1991                4/30                 Marc Lavoie/Carlos Rico

1992                3/30                 Chris Gump/Carlos Rico

1998                2/10                 Jason Hendricks/Rob Shabansky

2007                5/8                   T.J. Steele/Preston Guilmet

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