The 14th-ranked Arizona baseball team swept the Pac-12 weekly awards on Monday, with Kurt Heyer being named Pitcher of the Week and Johnny Field being tabbed the Player of the Week.
May 14, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. - Fresh off a weekend road sweep of California, the 14th-ranked Arizona baseball team swept the Pac-12 Conference honors for Pitcher of the Week and Player of the Week, the league office announced on Monday.
Junior right-hander Kurt Heyer was named the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season and the fifth time in his career. Meanwhile, sophomore left fielder Johnny Field was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week for the first time in his career.
Heyer was brilliant in last Friday's 3-1 series-opening victory over California, turning in his fifth complete game of the season and the eighth of his three-year career. The Huntington Beach, Calif., native scattered five hits and allowed no earned runs over nine innings, as he limited the Golden Bears to just two at-bats (0-for-2) with a runner in scoring position.
The 6-foot-2, 211-pound hurler ranks second in the conference with 85 strikeouts. Last Friday's win improved his season record to 9-2 and lowered his ERA to 2.28, sixth-best in the Pac-12.
Field continued a torrid 12-game hitting streak as he picked up a hit in each game of the series and scored four of the team's 14 runs over the weekend. The Las Vegas, Nev., native collected seven hits, four runs, his second home run of the season, two doubles and an RBI to accompany a pair of drawn walks, two outfield assists and a .643 on-base percentage for the weekend.
The seven-hit weekend for Field continues a 12-game stretch in which he is hitting a robust .540 (27-for-50) with 15 runs scored and 15 RBI. Included are eight doubles, three triples and his first two home runs of the season, producing a staggering .940 slugging percentage. He has struck out only four times, while walking six times and being hit by a pitch four times, which has yielded a .617 on base percentage. Field leads the conference in walks and is first in on base percentage.
Field ranks highly in several statistical categories in the Pac-12. He ranks second in batting (.378), 11th in slugging (.541), first in on base percentage (.484), second in runs scored (51), third in hits (70) and has drawn a league-best 32 walks.
Arizona (33-15, 16-8 Pac-12) collected its fourth Pac-12 road series victory of the weekend against the Golden Bears. The Wildcats swept a conference road series for the first time since 2009, and picked up their first sweep in Berkeley, Calif., since 1997.
The three-game sweep keeps the Wildcats tied in the loss column with Oregon, which holds a one game lead over Arizona in the Pac-12 standings. The Ducks conclude a three-game set with USC, Arizona's next conference opponent, this evening at 6 p.m. PDT.
Arizona plays a non-conference game against No. 18 Arizona State on Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. (MST) at Tempe, Ariz. The Wildcats then head to Los Angeles for the three-game set against the Trojans this weekend, beginning on Friday at 6 p.m. (PDT) at Dedeaux Field.