Beavers' Conforto, Fry earn top Pac-12 honors
Oregon State outfielder Michael Conforto and left-hander Jace Fry capped record-breaking regular seasons with the Pac-12's two top individual honors Wednesday.
Conforto was named the Pac-12 Conference player of the year for the second straight year, while Fry was tabbed as the pitcher of the year. Fry is the first OSU pitcher to earn the honor since the then-Pac-10 unified before the 1999 season.
The Beavers join Arizona State and Stanford as the only conference clubs to boast both a player and pitcher of the year in the same campaign.
Oregon State's entire starting outfield and two-thirds of its weekend rotation were named to the first team. OSU's five selections were the most of any Pac-12 club.
Oregon placed four players on the all-conference team.
This marks Conforto's third Pac-12 postseason honor. He was the freshman of the year in 2012.
Conforto ended the regular season with a Pac-12-leading .364 batting average. The junior also led the conference in on-base percentage (.518), slugging percentage (.578), runs scored (50) and walks (50). He was second in RBIs (55) and total bases (108), third in home runs (seven), fifth in doubles (15) and seventh in hits (68).
Yet he was hardly just a reliable bat. Conforto had several highlight-caliber throws from left field, tallying five assists.
Fry, meanwhile, earned his first Pac-12 postseason honor Wednesday. The junior ranked first in the conference with 11 wins, second with a .192 opposing batting average, and third with a 1.43 ERA and 94 strikeouts.
Fry recorded four complete games and four shutouts. He also threw a no-hitter against Northern Illinois in March, and posted two games with two hits or less while tossing at least seven innings. The Beaverton native earned three Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week honors, the most by a Beaver in nearly two decades.
They were joined on the first team by outfielders Jeff Hendrix and Dylan Davis and left-hander Ben Wetzler.
Davis finished the regular season with a .286 average and earned his second consecutive first-team selection. The junior also hit six home runs, second only on Oregon State to Conforto, and tallied 13 doubles.
Hendrix, a sophomore, finished the regular season third in the Pac-12 with a .355 batting average, accumulating eight doubles, two home runs and 28 RBI.
Wetzler had 11 wins and the nation's lowest ERA at 0.76. He struck out 73 in 95 innings and allowed just 45 hits while opponents batted .144 against him. A senior, he is 21-2 over his last two seasons.
Oregon starting pitcher Tommy Thorpe, closer Jake Reed, infielder Mitchell Tolman and catcher Shaun Chase made the first team.
Thorpe earned all-conference honors for the second year in a row. The junior left-hander tied for third in the Pac-12 with 10 wins, ranked fifth with 86 strikeouts and sixth with a 2.20 ERA.
Tolman led the Ducks with a .315 average in the regular season while splitting time between first base and third base. The sophomore's 17 doubles led the Pac-12, he ranked third with 45 RBIs and fifth with 41 runs.
Reed, a junior right-hander, made the successful conversion from starter to closer this spring. Called upon to replace UO career saves leader Jimmie Sherfy, Reed saved 13 games in the regular season, second in the Pac-12.
Chase, a junior catcher, led the Pac-12 in home runs with 12. A career .194 hitter entering this spring, Chase hit .281 overall and .300 in conference play.