BSB | Waldichuk Named WCC Pitcher of the Week
Saint Mary's baseball sophomore left-handed starter won two games and struck out 22 during the week
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Saint Mary's sophomore left-handed pitcher Ken Waldichuk was named the West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week Monday for the week of March 5-11 after he won both of his starts during the week, posting double-digit strikeouts in both games while not allowing a single earned run and posting a 0.85 WHIP.
Waldichuk earned the Gaels (9-5) a series split on the road at Pac-12 Conference member Washington State Sunday, setting a new career high with 12 strikeouts and carrying a no-hitter into the sixth inning. After the first two WSU batters reached via free passes, he would go on to retire 16 of the next 17 he faced with nine Ks, a two-out walk in the third being the only blemish in that streak. He threw seven shutout innings, only allowing two hits.
Waldichuk also struck out 10 and walked just one in Monday's series finale versus two-time defending Big East Conference Tournament champion Xavier, completing the Gaels' three-game sweep. After an unearned run in the first inning, Waldichuk settled in to scatter three hits over six innings. Only one runner made it to third base against Waldichuk after the first, and he only got there via a two-base error and a groundout.
For the week, Waldichuk went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA (only 1 unearned run), 22 strikeouts and just five hits allowed in 13 innings of work with a 0.85 WHIP.
Waldichuk and the Gaels host Fresno State at 3 p.m. Wednesday in a midweek non-conference tilt before opening WCC play on Friday at Portland. Tickets for all home games are available for purchase on SMCGaels.com or by calling the SMC Ticket Office at (925) 631-GoTx. Fans can find live coverage links for all games on SMCGaels.com.
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