April 30, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. - - Clayton Mortensen, of the Gonzaga University baseball team, has been named the West Coast Conference Co-Pitcher of the Week, as announced by the conference office Monday. The senior's performance Saturday at the University of San Francisco was also named the West Region performance of the week by InsidePitching.com.
Mortensen (6-2) led the Bulldogs to a 1-0 victory over the Dons on Saturday, throwing a complete game four-hit shutout while striking out 10 en route to the victory.
Mortensen's complete game marked his fourth of the season, as well as the 10th of the year for the Bulldog pitching staff. The senior now boasts 97 strikeouts for the season, ranking him 12th in the nation and seventh in the Gonzaga single-season record book. The 10 strikeouts also marked his fourth outing with 10 or more K's this season, including a 16 strikeout performance on April 8.
The honor is the second of the season for Mortensen, as well as the eighth Bulldog WCC accolade this season. The selection also marks the sixth consecutive week a Gonzaga player has earned a weekly conference accolade. Mortensen was previously named WCC Pitcher of the Week on February 12. Sophomore Ryan Wiegand was named Player of the Week last week, April 23. Freshman Jeremy Stumetz was named Pitcher of the Week for the weeks of April 16 and March 26, while junior Brandon Harmon was named the conference's Pitcher of the Week on April 2 and 9. Junior third baseman Darin Holcomb rounds out Zag honors, being named the Co-Player of the Week on March 26.
The Bulldogs return to the field this weekend to wrap-up its remaining regular-season home schedule with a three-game WCC series against Loyola Marymount University. The series will start on Friday, May 4, with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch. The two remaining games of the series will take place Saturday and Sunday with game times slated for 1 p.m. Sunday will also mark Senior Day, in which the Zags will honor five seniors on the team with a pre-game ceremony.