Boissiere adds to Arizona’s Pac-12 honors as baseball player of the week

Information from the Arizona media relations department contributed to this report.

After a breakout week in which he helped the Arizona Wildcats compile a five-game win streak, sophomore first baseman Branden Boissiere was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week on Tuesday.

Boissiere’s honor occurred on the same day Arizona’s Carlie Scupin was named the Pac-12’s freshman of the week and player of the week in softball and a day after Azuolas Tubelis was again chosen the conference’s freshman of the week.

Also on Monday, Aari McDonald was named the Pac-12 player of the year and co-defensive player of the year and teammates Sam Thomas and Cate Reese were fellow All-Pac-12 selections.

In five games last week, Boissiere combined to go 13-for-20 (.650 batting average) with 10 runs, one double, one triple, two home runs, eight RBI and more walks (three) than strikeouts (two). He had a 1.100 slugging percentage and a .696 on-base percentage.

Branden Boissiere leads the Pac-12 with a .483 batting average (Dan Netz/AllSportsTucson.com)

His performance at the plate led the Wildcats to five straight wins, securing a series split with Ball State last week and sweeping Southeastern Louisiana over the weekend.

This is the first Pac-12 weekly honor of Boissiere’s career, and the first for Arizona since Austin Wells was tabbed with the award in the first week of the shortened 2020 campaign.

In the second game against Southeastern Louisiana, he went 3-for-5 with two home runs, three RBIs and three runs. It marked the first multi-home run game of his career.

He hit another milestone in the series finale on Sunday morning when he notched a career-best four hits. He ultimately went 4-for-4 with four runs scored, a double, three RBIs, and a walk.

Boissiere now leads the Pac-12 with a .483 batting average and a .583 on-base percentage. His .793 slugging percentage ranks fourth and his 10 RBIs are tied for sixth.

Boissiere and the Wildcats play Thursday in the first of four games at the Frisco (Texas) College Baseball Classic.

The tournament field includes two matchups with Oklahoma to start the classic, and then one each against Dallas Baptist and Missouri. All four games will be broadcast on FloBaseball.

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