May 17, 2004
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara University freshman center fielder Robert Perry was named the Rawlings Player of the Week by the West Coast Conference after leading the Broncos to a 3-1 record last week, including a three-game sweep of league-leading Pepperdine.
Perry, a native of Sunnyvale who attended Archbishop Mitty High School, went 9-for-15 at the plate for the week and drove in seven runs while scoring four times. He recorded a .800 slugging percentage and put out 12 opposing batters from his center field position.
"Robert is an outstanding young player who brings everything he has to the ballpark each day," said third-year head coach Mark O'Brien. "He is a local guy who has made a tremendous impact on our program in his first season and I'm convinced there will be a ton of great things to come from him in the future."
Perry's three-run homer in the sixth inning against Pepperdine on Saturday's 6-5 win over the Waves was his eighth of the season and gave SCU a 5-3 lead in the game. For the week, he went 4-for-6 with runners in scoring position and four of his seven RBI came with two outs.
On the season, Perry is batting .294 with 26 RBI and 22 multi-base hits. He only has two errors on the season in the field and has started 51 of Santa Clara's 53 games. Perry is tied for the team lead in walks with 16 and runs scored with 42.
Santa Clara is 25-28 on the season and 14-13 in West Coast Conference play following the sweep of Pepperdine last weekend. The Broncos are three games behind the Waves with three contests remaining in the race for the West Division title. To win the division, Santa Clara must sweep a three-game series at Portland this weekend, while Pepperdine must lose all three of its games at San Francisco. The winner of the division will play Coast Division champion Loyola Marymount in a three-game WCC Championship Series to determine the league's representative in the NCAA Tournament.