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Oregon State outfielder Michael Conforto and left-handed pitcher Jace Fry etched their names into the record books this season. On Wednesday, they were recognized by the Pac-12 Conference as two of the top players in the league this season.
Conforto was named the Pac-12’s Player of the Year for the second straight year and Fry was named the Pitcher of the Year, becoming the first Oregon State hurler to be honored since the then-Pac-10 Conference unified prior to the 1999 season.
The Beavers join Arizona State and Stanford as the only clubs to have both a Player and Pitcher of the Year in the same season.
For Conforto, it’s his third career postseason honor from the Pac-12. He was named the Freshman of the Year in 2012 and Player of the Year last season.
This year, he ended the regular season as the Pac-12’s batting champion with a .364 average. He also paced the league in slugging percentage (.578), on-base percentage (.518), runs scored (50) and walks (50). He was second in runs batted in (55) and total bases (108), third in home runs (seven), fifth in doubles (15) and seventh in hits (68).
Defensively, he proved that trying to take an extra base against him while he was stationed in left field was futile. He racked up five assists.
For Fry, it’s his first career postseason honor, and it comes for good reason. The junior tied for the Pac-12 regular season lead with 11 wins and his 1.43 earned run average was good for third. Fry held opponents to a .192 batting average against, which placed him second in the league. His 94 strikeouts were also third in the Pac-12.
The lefty tossed four complete games this season, and finished with shutouts. The four shutouts ties him for second-most in a season at OSU, just one shy of Cecil Ira (1963).
Fry threw a no-hitter against Northern Illinois in March, and finished the regular season with four games of two hits or less while throwing at least seven innings. He was also a three-time Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year this season, the most by a Beaver in nearly 20 seasons.
Both Conforto and Fry were named to the Pac-12’s First-Team as well Wednesday with Fry also picking up an all-defensive team selection.