Arizona State claimed four of the five awards when the Pac-10 handed out baseball hardware on Thursday. Third baseman Brett Wallace is the league’s player of the year for a second straight season, Mike Leake is the top pitcher, outfielder Jason Kipnis the top newcomer and Pat Murphy the top coach.
Wallace, a junior, is batting .412 with 20 home runs and 78 RBIs and is on pace to repeat as the league’s triple-crown champion. Leake is 9-2 with a 3.18 ERA and a save in 16 appearances (14 starts). Kipnis, a transfer from Kentucky, is hitting .367 with 13 homers and 67 RBIs.
Murphy, who is in his 14th season at ASU, guided the Sun Devils to a 45-11 record, a second outright Pac-10 title in a row and the No. 3 national seed in the NCAA tournament. It is the third time he has been named the conference’s coach of the year.
Washington State infielder Paul Gran was selected the league’s defensive player of the year.
Wallace, Kipnis, Leake, first baseman Ike Davis and catcher Petey Paramore were All-Pac-10 first-team selections.
Pitchers Josh Satow and Tommy Rafferty, outfielder/pitcher Matt Newman, catcher/first baseman Kiel Roling, outfielder Ryan Sontag and second baseman Raoul Torrez were honorable mention All-Pac-10.
ASU begins NCAA play today when it hosts Stony Brook in a Tempe Regional game.