Walsh earns Pac-12 honors

EUGENE, Ore. – Coming off a 4-1 week where Oregon won series at both Grand Canyon and Arizona State, Jacob Walsh has been named the Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week.

Walsh (Las Vegas, Nev. / Desert Oasis HS) earned his second career conference player of the week award after batting .500 with three home runs and 10 RBI on Oregon’s five-game road trip to the Grand Canyon State. The Ducks’ first basemanreached base at a .579 clip while slugging 1.063. In the Ducks Pac-12 Conference series win at Arizona State, Walsh slashed .400/.538/.700 with a home run, five RBI and three walks. In two games at Grand Canyon, he went 4-for-6 with two home runs, five RBI and two runs score while slugging 1.667.

Walsh opened the road trip with a bang. He entered the game in the top of the ninth inning as a pinch hitter and the Ducks leading 7-4 and proceeded to launch a two-run home run over the right-field wall for a pair of insurance runs. In game two at GCU, Walsh went 3-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and a run scored. He hit a two-run home run in the top of the fourth to tie the game, before singling in the fifth and sixth while adding a RBI.

At ASU, he reached base multiple time in both of Oregon’s wins while getting a hit in all three games. On Saturday, Walsh went 2-for-4 with a walk, RBI and run scored.  He singled and scored in the second before driving in a run with a hit in the top of the fifth to pull the Ducks to within a run. In the Sunday’s series finale, Walsh homered and walked twice. In the fourth inning with Oregon down two, the Ducks’ lefty hit a two-out, opposite-field grand slam to give the Ducks the lead for good.

Walsh is the 20th Duck to be named Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week since baseball returned to Oregon and the sixth to earn the award multiple times.

All-Time Pac-12 Conference Players of the Week

·         Jacob Walsh (3/11/24; 4/3/23)

·         Drew Cowley (5/1/23)

·         Gabe Matthews (4/13/21)

·         Kenyon Yovan (3/9/21)

·         Spencer Steer (4/15/19)

·         Scott Heineman (5/25/15; 4/15/13)

·         Shaun Chase (5/5/14)

·         Mitchell Tolman (4/14/14; 5/6/13)

·         Ryon Healy (4/29/13; 2/19/13)

·         Aaron Payne (5/7/12; 4/29/12)

·         Brett Thomas (4/9/12)

·         Danny Pulfer (5/16/11)

·         Aaron Jones (3/21/11)

·         Eddie Rodriguez (5/17/10; 3/8/10)