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Pepperdine's Brett Hunter Tabbed WCC Pitcher of the Week

April 23, 2007

Malibu, Calif. - Pepperdine sophomore Brett Hunter was tabbed the West Coast Conference's (WCC) Pitcher of the Week following his performance against Santa Clara on Sunday, the conference announced Monday.

The Waves' right hander pitched seven shutout innings, allowed two hits, walked one and struck out seven to pick up the win against the Broncos that enabled Pepperdine to win the series and reach the 30-win plateau for the 30th consecutive season.

After allowing a one-out double in the first inning, Hunter retired 20 of the next 23 batters he faced before hitting the leadoff batter in the eighth inning. The only batters to reach against him over the final 6-plus innings came by way of a passed ball following a strikeout, a leadoff single in the fifth and a one-out walk in the seventh prior to the hit batsman to begin the eighth.

The honor marks the first of Hunter's career and he becomes the third Waves pitcher to garner the recognition, joining Barry Enright (Feb. 19) and Adam Olbrychowski (March 5).

Hunter is currently 6-3 with a 3.67 ERA while making 15 appearances, including 11 starts. He has logged 68.2 innings and struck out a career and team-high 64 batters.

Pepperdine (30-13) ranked No. 12 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll and No. 13 by Baseball America, travel to San Diego this weekend for a three-game series against the Toreros (32-14) at Cunningham Stadium. Both teams enter Friday's 3 p.m. contest tied atop the WCC standings with 10-2 records, one game ahead of third place Gonzaga.