March 6, 2006
San Bruno, CA- Saint Mary's senior pitcher Joel Fountain (Reno, NV) was named the West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week as announced by the conference office today. Fountain earns the honor after pitching a complete game, one-hit shutout against Georgetown this past weekend. The selection is a career first for Fountain.
Fountain hurled a complete game one-hitter against Georgetown in a 2-0 win last Saturday. The 6-4 pitcher overpowered the Hoyas lineup by striking out a career-high 10 batters thus ending a three-game slide by the Gaels.
Against a Georgetown team that had won five straight coming into the series, Fountain held the potent Hoyas lineup to a measly .034 batting average. The shutout against GU also marked a career first for the right-hander.
Fountain's performance spearheaded the Saint Mary's staff to showcase a 1.29 ERA and .172 opposing batting average at the end of the week. In the three-game set against the Hoyas, SMC only allowed a meager three runs.
On the year, Fountain is 2-1 with a 2.83 ERA. The Reno, NV native has struck out 25 in 28 2/3 innings pitched and has held opposing hitters to a paltry .165 batting average.
The 10 strikeout performance was the second of the week by a Saint Mary's pitcher. Senior Corey Madden fanned 10 against Pacific last Tuesday.
The WCC Pitcher of the Week selection marks the first time a Gael has earned the accolade since Eric Bowden nabbed the honor in 2003. Senior Delaney Gallagher was named WCC Player of Week earlier this season.
Saint Mary's will return to action tomorrow and host San Francisco State. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. from Louis Guisto Field.