UO’s Payne tabbed Player of the Week

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Sophomore second baseman Aaron Payne has been named Pac-12 Player of the Week, Commissioner Larry Scott announced Monday.

Payne drove in five runs last week, including the game-winner against California on Friday and Saturday. In Friday’s 4-1 win over the Golden Bears, Payne’s eighth-inning sacrifice fly scored Brett Hambright to put Oregon up 2-1, providing the winning margin.

On Saturday, the San Clemente, Calif., native smacked a two-out RBI single to break up a 2-2 tie in the seventh inning, delivering the 3-2 victory. On Sunday, Payne went 3-for-5 and drove in a career-best three runs as Oregon swept the series with a 7-1 win.

This is Payne’s first career Pac-12 Player of the Week honor and the sixth all-time selection for Oregon. Payne is the second Duck to be named Player of the Week this season, as Brett Thomas earned the honor on April 9.

Arizona State sophomore right-handed pitcher Trevor Williams was named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week.