USC utility man AJ Ramirez can do a little bit of everything. He can hit at the top of the lineup and cause some havoc on the basepaths. Ramirez can be a middle-of-the-lineup bopper. He's an infielder. He's an outfielder.
He's now the Pac-12 Player of the Week after hitting .538 (7-for-13) in the Trojans four games last week. Ramirez launched a pair of home runs and had five RBIs, including a monster game against Utah on Sunday. Ramirez reached base every time he came to the plate, going 3-for-3 with a double, homer, two walks and three RBIs.
He also reached three times and had a solo home run in a 5-2 victory over the Utes on Friday.
He added to his team-best run total, scoring four times to give him 23 on the year. He also leads the team with 26 RBIs after driving in at least one run in all four games the Trojans played this week. For the season, Ramirez is hitting .370 -- second on the team -- and is now tied for the team lead with five homers. He has done it all while playing multiple defensive positions and doing it flawlessly. Ramirez doesn't have an error in 193 chances while playing primarily right field and first base.
Last season, he led the team with nine home runs and hit 15 doubles (tied for team high) while being second on the team with 45 RBIs, but only hit .259.
Ramirez apparently really likes playing against the Utes after earning his first Pac-12 Player of the Week award last year following a five-RBI performance against Utah.
This was USC's second Pac-12 honor in three weeks after Timmy Robinson won the award on March 29. The Trojans, who won the series against Utah, take to the road this week with a game in Malibu Tuesday against Pepperdine at 6 p.m. before traveling up to Oregon this weekend to face the Ducks.
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