Foat and Tarpley named Pac-12 honorable mention
Senior first baseman Matt Foat and freshman pitcher Stephen Tarpley were selected as all-Pac-12 honorable mention by a vote of the conferenceâs coaches.
Foat was the Trojansâ most productive and consistent hitter in what was a trying season offensively for USC.
The senior finished third on the team in batting and slugging with .323 batting average and .433 slugging percentage, and second in runs batted in and home runs with 27 and three, respectively.
Foat started 54 of the Trojans 55 games at first base, missing just one game because of the flu. He led the team in runs with 33; hits with 65; walks with 27 and in on-base percentage at a very impressive .429.
Tarpley was a beacon of hope for the Trojans in their disappointing season. The freshman finished 5-4 with an impressive 3.22 ERA in 78 1/3 innings, second most on the team.
He also finished second on the team with 67 strikeouts. But his control was often suspect: The former eighth-round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians led the team in both walks, with 29, and hit batters, with 12.