April 5, 2006
(San Francisco) - Senior right-hander Patrick McGuigan has been chosen as the March Pitcher of the Month, the third consecutive March honor. Right-hander Kevin Rose received March Pitcher of the Month in 2003, and right-hander Nick Pereira earned it in 2004.
McGuigan was 4-0 with a 1.59 ERA and a save for the month of March. He threw 28.1 innings in three starts (one complete game) and three relief appearances. The Hawaii native had an impressive strikeout-to-walk-ratio of 10-to-1 (32 K's and 3 BB). He only allowed eight runs (five earned) on 14 hits. Overall opponents only batted at a .139 clip, but right-handers batted .100.
In McGuigan's first start of the month (3/11) he threw a complete game shutout versus Georgetown, earning the 5-0 win. He only allowed two hits and struck out a career high 12 batters. His previous high was seven (vs. Southern Utah on 2/11/06). McGuigan threw 116 pitches in the game, 81 for strikes. He had three particular masterful stretches in which he retired seven, nine, and eight batters in a row, respectively. Only one Hoya made it to second base the entire game.
McGuigan, USF's career saves leader, earned a save, his first of the year and 14th career at the University of New Mexico (3/17), throwing 1.2 innings of scoreless and hitless relief and he also struck out two batters.
In his second March start, the senior threw seven scoreless innings and won the contest 2-0 against Utah Valley State at Benedetti Diamond (3/21). He only allowed three hits, one walk and had five strikeouts. In his next start at Oral Roberts (3/26), the right-hander pitched seven innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits with eight strikeouts and one walk.
With his March statistics, McGuigan is steadily moving up the USF career charts. After winning April 2 at Santa Clara, McGuigan's 17 victories give him a share of second place in career victories with Jerry Eilers (1962-64). McGuigan is also inching closer to the Top-10 in career strikeouts. He has 151, only five behind the current 10th place holder, Dennis Collier (75-76). He owns sole possession of third place in career appearances (77).