Local player earns Big West pitching honor

Junior left-hander Matt Whitehouse of UC Irvine won the Big West’s first Pitcher of the Week honor after clinching the series against then-No. 23 Baylor in a combined shutout win Saturday.

Whitehouse, a resident of Diamond Bar and graduate of Damien High School, returned from a red-shirt year in 2012 and struck out six batters in 6.1 innings. He limited the Bears to just two hits before handing the ball off to Kyle Hooper in the seventh. 

With the win, Whitehouse improves to a lifetime 5-0 after posting a 4-0 mark in 2011. He did not register a decision in his freshman campaign.