May 14, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. - Clayton Mortensen, of the Gonzaga University baseball team, has been named the West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week, as announced by the conference office Monday.
Mortensen (8-2) led the Bulldogs to a 7-1 victory over the then-No. 17 Pepperdine Unviersity on Saturday, throwing a five-hit complete game while striking out 15 en route to the victory. The win secured a spot in the West Coast Conference Championship for the Zags, as they took two of three games from the Waves last weekend.
Mortensen's complete game marked his fifth of the season, as well as the 12th of the year for the Bulldog pitching staff. The senior now boasts 116 strikeouts for the season, placing him fourth in the Gonzaga single-season record book. The 10 strikeouts also marked his fifth outing with 10 or more K's this season, including a 16 strikeout performance on April 8. Mortensen is the sixth Bulldog in school history to post 100 ore more strikeouts in a single season. The single season strikeout record is held by Darin Blood, who struck out 145 batters faced during the 1995 campaign.
The honor is the third of the season for Mortensen, as well as the ninth Bulldog WCC accolade this season. Mortensen was previously named WCC Pitcher of the Week on February 12 and April 30. Sophomore Ryan Wiegand was named Player of the Week on 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.
Gonzaga will wind down the regular season Tuesday with a game at the University of Washington in Seattle. The Zags' are looking to improve on their 32-22 overall record before heading into the WCC Championship on May 25-27, marking the first time since 2001 they have participated in the event. In the best-of-three championship series the Bulldogs will face No. 5 University of San Diego in San Diego, Calif.