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Jones (Player) and Rucker (Pitcher) Earn Rawlings Weekly Honors

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. – The West Coast Conference has named its Rawlings Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week for March 14, 2016.

WEST COAST CONFERENCE RAWLINGS PLAYER OF THE WEEK – TAYLOR JONES, SR., IF - GONZAGA
Taylor Jones for WCC/Rawlings Player of the Week this week after a stellar week on the road. He posted a slash line of .570/.600/.895 in four games, leading the Zags in all three categories as well as hits (11) and extra-base hits (4) and finishing second in RBIs (6). He also helped the Zags win all four games by posting multiple hits in each, including a double and a triple during both of GU’s games at UTSA Sunday. He entered the weekend amongst the top five in the conference in hits and doubles and equaled career highs with four hits at Arkansas March 9 and a triple in each game of Sunday’s doubleheader. Jones’ season slugging percentage of .576 leads the squad, as does his 11 extra-base hits and 25 total hits, and he’s second on the team with a .379 batting average.

Also Nominated: Cooper Hummel, Portland; Ryan Kirby, San Diego; Louis Mejia, Pacific; Colton Shaver, BYU; Blake Valley, San Francisco

WEST COAST CONFERENCE RAWLINGS PITCHER OF THE WEEK – MIKE RUCKER, JR., RHP - BYU
Junior righthander Mike Rucker struck out a career high 10 batters in a 14-1 victory and only one base on balls. He set Niagara down in order in the first, second, fourth and eighth innings. He recorded three called strikeouts in the fifth inning. Six of his 10 strikeouts were called. He struck out two batters in the seventh and two in the eighth. He threw 102 pitches

Rucker, now 3-0, lowered his earned run average from 3.86 to 2.59, givng up an unearned run in the third when he lost his no-hit bid. He gave up three hits, all singles, two in the third and one in the fifth. 

Also Nominated: James Kannenberg, San Francisco; Nick Sprengel, San Diego; Justin Vernia, Gonzaga; Jordan Wilcox, Portland

2016 WEST COAST CONFERENCE RAWLINGS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
March 14: Taylor Jones, Gonzaga
March 7: Caleb Whalen, Portland
February 29: Riley Adams, San Diego
February 22: Brennon Lund, BYU

2016 WEST COAST CONFERENCE RAWLINGS PITCHER OF THE WEEK
March 14: Mike Rucker, BYU
March 7: Brandon Bailey, Gonzaga
February 29: Michael Rucker, BYU
February 22: Steven Wilson, Santa Clara