Sophomore Matt Whitehouse of UC Irvine was named the Big West Pitcher of the Week after a career outing Sunday to clinch a series win for the Anteaters.
Whitehouse, a Diamond Bar resident who graduated form Damien High School, hurled eight outstanding innings of three-hit ball in UC Irvine’s 7-0 shutout of Cal State Bakersfield in the rubber game of the series.
He set career highs for innings pitched and strikeouts with seven and did not allow a walk in a 106-pitch effort.
The Roadrunners had scored a combined 11 runs in the previous two games before Whitehouse stifled their offense. He lowered his ERA to 1.54 and remained undefeated at 3-0 in five starts.
In 16 appearances, Whitehouse has limited the opposition to a .175 batting average. Whitehouse’s Sunday win marks the second time the lefty’s performance on the mound clinched a series win for the ‘Eaters.
The Big West honor is the first for Whitehouse and fourth for the Anteaters this season.