Flores Earns Pac-12 Player of the Week Honors|
March 9, 2015
LOS ANGELES - Senior infielder Dante Flores became the first Trojan of 2015 to earn Pac-12 Player of the Week honors, the Conference announced Monday afternoon.
Flores (Norwalk, Calif./St. John Bosco HS) had an outstanding week as the Trojans went 3-1, including a weekend sweep of the Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic where they defeated No. 7 TCU 7-6 in 12-innings, No. 1 Vanderbilt 6-5 in nine innings and No. 6 UCLA 8-4 at Dodger Stadium. Overall on the week he went 7-for-16 (.438) with three runs scored, two doubles, one home run and three runs driven in.
On Friday in the dramatic 12-inning, 7-6 walk-off victory vs. TCU, Flores went 3-for-3 with one run scored, one double and one sac bunt.
Then on Saturday vs. Vanderbilt, Flores went 1-for-4, with his one hit being a towering home run off the scoreboard in right field for his second home run of the day. The big home run in the fourth inning put the Trojans ahead 4-1, answering the Commodores' run in the top half of the inning.
Finally at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, the second baseman went 3-for-5 with one run scored and one RBI. Flores came through in the seventh inning with his second hit of the day, launching one off the top of the wall in right field, barely missing in a home run for a stand-up double. He drove in one run and came around to score as the Trojans broke open the game up to make the score 8-4.
This is Flores' first Pac-12 Player of the Week honor and the 58th all-time for the Trojans.
On the season he is batting .352, good for second on the team with 12 RBI and two home runs.
The Trojans are now an impressive 15-1 on the season, off to their best start since 1988. The team broke into the top 10 in the rankings this week, and is currently ranked No. 9 in Baseball America and No. 13 in the D1baseball.com poll. These rankings are the highest the Trojans have been ranked since 2003.
The Trojans are back in action on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. as they take on UC Irvine at Anteater Ballpark.