Feb. 12, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. - - Gonzaga University baseball player Clayton Mortensen has been named the West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week as announced by the conference office.
Mortensen lifted the Bulldogs to their first win of the season Sunday with a 3-2 victory over UC Riverside. The senior (1-1) earned his first win of the season, throwing a complete game, allowing two runs, one earned, on six hits and three walks, while striking out a career-high 11. Mortensen held the Highlanders hitless until the fifth inning and held them scoreless until the seventh.
Mortensen's 11 strikeouts mark the first time since the 2003 season that a Bulldog pitcher has struck out 10 or more batters. Former Zag, Eric Dwokis struck out 10 batters during 14-0 shutout over Saint Mary's on May 3, 2003.
The honor is the first of Mortensen's career. The right hander is leading the Gonzaga pitching staff with 17 strikeouts in two outings this season.
The Bulldogs resume play this weekend when they defend their 2006 tournament title at the Coca-Cola Spring Training Classic in Surprise, Ariz. Gonzaga will kick off the weekend Friday with an afternoon game against defending national champion Oregon State University. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m., PST.