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RJ Ybarra named Pac-12 baseball player of the week


April 09, 2013

Arizona State University freshman RJ Ybarra has been named Pac-12 Player of the Week, the Conference announced April 8.


This is Ybarra's first career Pac-12 Player of the Week honor and Arizona State's Conference-leading 103rd all-time selection. He is the fourth Sun Devil to earn honors this season and the second position player.


Ybarra drove in game-winning runs on April 2 at Wichita State and April 6 against Oregon to help the Sun Devils post a 4-1 record and take two out of three games from highly ranked Oregon in Tempe.


He delivered a two-out RBI single in the top of the ninth inning to give ASU a 4-3 win over the Shockers, and followed it up with an RBI single to left-center field in the bottom of the 11th inning that lifted the Devils to a 6-5 walk-off victory over Oregon.


Ybarra batted .385 (5-for-14) with two doubles, four RBI and a pair of runs scored over the past five games and finished the week with a .538 slugging percentage and a .420 on-base percentage. On April 6, he went 2-for-5 with a two-run double and scored a run in a series-clinching 14-9 win over the Ducks.


Previous Pac-12 POW this season:
Feb. 26 - Trever Allen, RS-So., OF
March 12 - Trevor Williams, Jr., RHP
March 26 - Ryan Kellogg, Fr., LHP


The Sun Devils head to Las Vegas to take on UNLV for a midweek non-conference tilt on April 10 night before traveling to Los Angeles to play USC for a three-game series over the weekend at Dedeaux Field. 


Sunday's game at 2 p.m. will be televised nationally on ESPNU, while Saturday's game at 2 p.m. will be streamed live at www.pac-12.com/live/usctrojans. All three conference games against the Trojans will be broadcast on NBC Sports Radio AM 1060, and fans can also follow the team on Twitter at @ASU_Baseball for live scoring and updates from the weekend, and check thesundevils.com for stats, notes and more.