Oregon's Heineman is player of the week

EUGENE — Oregon's Scott Heineman has been named the Pac-12 Conference player of the week after leading Oregon to a 4-0 record last week.

Heineman batted .438 (7-for-16) with three doubles, three home runs, six RBIs and five runs as the Ducks earned their first conference road sweep since the program was reinstated in 2009.

The Pacific Palisades, Calif. native, who finished the week with a .500 on-base percentage and a 1.188 slugging percentage, hit safely in all four outings and logged a pair of multiple-hit games against California.

Heineman, who entered the weekend with one career home run, went yard twice in Saturday's 10-4 victory over the Bears and added a homer in Sunday's 5-4 win. All three of his doubles and six of his seven hits came in the weekend set.

He is batting .291 (37-for-127) on the year and has 24 RBIs, which is second on the team. He also ranks second with three home runs and third with 10 doubles.

This is Heineman's first career Pac-12 player of the week honor.


SOU RANKED FIFTH — The Southern Oregon football team is again ranked fifth in the 2013 NAIA Football Coaches' Spring Top 25 Poll, retaining the same ranking from the final 2012 poll in the fall.

The top 10 teams all remained intact in the spring poll, with defending national champion Marian leading the way with 10 first-place votes and national runner-up Morningside ranking second with the other three first-place votes.

Missouri Valley ranks third and Saint Xavier ranks fourth ahead of SOU. The Raiders are the highest-ranked team with fewer than 10 wins in 2012 and the highest-ranked Frontier Conference squad.

Southern Oregon completed its first week of spring practice last week.

They practice Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons leading up to Saturday scrimmages. This Saturday's scrimmage is at 6 p.m. in Grants Pass. The annual Red-Black Spring Game will be May 3 at 6 p.m. at Raider Stadium.

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