Fry, Conforto take home top Pac-12 honors

WHEN DOES THE nation's ERA leader not win the Pac-12 Conference's Pitcher of the Year? When his teammate puts up some similarly ridiculous numbers. Meanwhile, left fielder Michael Conforto joined LHP Jace Fry in claiming year-end Pac-12 honors.

Michael Conforto is Oregon State's 12th Conference Player of the Year and the first to win the award in back-to-back years since Arizona State's Brett Wallace won it in 2007 and 2008.

It is also just the fourth time in Pac-12 history the same player has earned the award in consecutive years. The Woodinville, Wash., native boasts a .364 batting average and a .578 slugging percentage, both of which lead his team and are best in the Pac-12.

He owns a league-high .518 on-base percentage, while his 55 runs batted in are second on both his team and in the Conference. The outfielder has scored 50 runs to lead the league while his 7 home runs rank in the top 10.

A 2013 All-America selection, and 2014 preseason All-America pick, Conforto's 50 walks this season are a league-best and an Oregon State program record.

With the .364 batting average, Conforto earns the 2014 regular season individual batting championship. He was also named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year in 2012.

Jace Fry is the first-ever Beaver to win Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year since the award was introduced in 1991.

The lefty tossed four complete game shut outs this season, tying 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.

The Beaverton native owns a 1.43 ERA, which is third in the Pac-12 and 15th in the country. He is 11-1 in 15 appearances with the 11 victories ranking tied for ninth in NCAA Division I Baseball.

He's held opponents to a .192 batting average and has 94 strikeouts, good for second and third in the Pac-12, respectively.

His 113.2 innings pitched leads OSU and is tied for first in the Conference, while his four complete games is a league second-best.

The junior starting pitcher played a huge role in the Beavers' second-consecutive Pac-12 title and in earning the No. 1 overall national seed in the upcoming 2014 NCAA Baseball Championship that kicks off Friday (8 p.m., ESPNU).

Fry is also in contention for the Diamond Sports Pitcher of the Year Award.

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