Steele (.358, 7 HR, 42 RBI) handed in a career weekend at the plate to help lead
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
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
Year Date Player/Pitcher
1988 4/25 Kevin Long/Jim
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