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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 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 for stats, notes and more.