May 30, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. - Senior Clayton Mortensen, of the Gonzaga University baseball team, has been named Louisville Slugger Third Team All-America as announced by Collegiate Baseball on Wednesday.
Mortensen, a right handed starting pitcher, finished the season leading the Bulldogs with a 9-2 record, 3.92 earned run average and 122 strikeouts. In 16 starts, the Rexburg, Idaho native threw six complete games and one shutout. His 122 strikeouts place him tied for fourth in the Gonzaga single-season record book, while his 119.1 innings pitched places him second in the single season ranks. Mortensen finished West Coast Conference play with an 1.60 ERA and a unblemished 6-0 record en route to being named the WCC Pitcher of the Year.
Mortensen becomes the sixth Bulldog to earn All-America accolades and the most recent since Nate Gold was named to the Collegiate Baseball First Team in 2002. Gonzaga's previous All-American selections include Barry Matthews (Second Team - Baseball America) in 2001, Darin Blood (Third Team - Baseball Coaches Association) in 1995, Larry Patterson (First Team - Baseball Coaches Association) in 1977 and Lenn Sakata (Second Team - Baseball Coaches Association) in 1974.
The Bulldogs finished the 2007 campaign with a 33-25 record, including a 15-6 mark in the WCC. It was the program's best finish in nearly 17 seasons. In 1990, the Bulldogs' capped off their year with a 37-21 record. Gonzaga also posted its highest finish in WCC play with a second place finish, placing it in the conference championship series for the second time in Bulldog history and first time since 2001.