May 27, 2013
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona baseball shortstop Kevin Newman has been named the Pac-12 Player of the Week for the week of May 20-26, the conference office announced Monday afternoon.
Newman capped a sensational freshman season by leading the Wildcats to a three-game sweep of Southern California. He went 5-for-12 (.417) at the plate with five runs scored and nine runs batted for the series. He also walked once, was hit by a pitch, stole two bases and did not commit an error while racking up 18 assists on the weekend.
In the series opener last Friday, Newman went 1-for-4 with two runs batted in before scoring the game-winning run after he was hit by a pitch to open the bottom of the 10th inning in what became a 4-3 victory.
On Saturday, Newman accounted for half of Arizona's runs in an 18-4 win. The Poway, Calif., native batted 3-for-6 with three runs scored and collected a career-high six runs batted run. He closed the series on Sunday with a 1-for-3 day at the plate that included a double, a run scored and a run batted.
Over the three games, Newman hit .800 (4-for-5) with runners in scoring position. Five of his nine runs batted in came with two outs.
For the season, Newman batted .336 and ranked as the toughest player to strikeout in the conference. He ranked sixth in the league for base hits (73) and eighth in runs batted in (42). Defensively, Newman committed only six errors and had a .978 field percentage for the year.
Newman is the second Wildcat named a Pac-12 Player of the Week this season and third honored by the conference. Trent Gilbert was tabbed the league's player of the week on April 1 and James Farris collected pitcher of the week honors on Feb. 19.
Arizona finished the season with a 34-21 overall record and a 15-15 mark in the Pac-12 Conference. The Wildcats were not selected to the NCAA Baseball Tournament field of 64 announced earlier today.