Hernandez Earns First Career Pac-12 Player of the Week Honors|
April 28, 2014
LOS ANGELES - USC baseball first baseman Jake Hernandez led the Trojans to a 4-0 record last week, including a huge road sweep of crosstown rival UCLA to earn his first-career Pac-12 Player of the Week honor for April 21-27.
Hernandez (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Los Osos HS) hit .556 on the week, tallying an impressive 10 hits over four games, including posting multi-hit outings in each game. In the three game series against the Bruins, he went 7-for-13 with four RBI, adding a RBI and a ninth-inning run scored in the Trojan's come-from-behind 7-4 victory on Saturday to complete the series sweep.
Hernandez recorded zero strikeouts in his 18 at bats over the week, while posting a .556 on-base percentage and a .611 slugging percentage. His performance helped extend the Trojans' win streak to nine games, their longest since 2001. He currently leads the Trojans and is third in the Pac-12 with a .367 batting average.
This is Hernandez's first-career Pac-12 Player of the Week honor and USC's 57th all-time selection. He is the second Trojan position player to earn the honor in 2014 as teammate Kevin Swick was named the Player of the Week on Mar. 4. This is also the second-consecutive week a Trojan has been honored with a weekly award, as Wyatt Strahan was named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week last week.
USC hosts UC Irvine in a non-conference contest on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. PT before returning to Conference action for a three-game set at Washington State over the weekend.