DENVER – Seattle U’s Jake Prizina has been named Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 11 – Feb. 17. This marks the second such honor of his career for the senior.
Prizina, a lefthander from Sparks, Nev., tossed a complete-game shutout on Friday night to give Seattle U a 4-0 win over UNLV. The southpaw scattered five hits and struck out five while walking just one to earn the win. It marked the first nine-inning complete game for the Redhawks since 2014 and just the third overall since Seattle U resurrected its baseball program in 2010.
Other Pitcher of the Week nominees: California Baptist’s Jorge Valerio threw six shutout innings to earn the win in an 8-0 victory over Northern Illinois, striking out six with zero walks against the Huskies … CSU Bakersfield’s Edgar Barclay earned the save in 1.2 innings of relief against Cal, striking out two to preserve the 4-3 win … Grand Canyon’s Kade Mechals earned the win in his first Division I appearance, allowing four hits and striking out nine over six innings in a 9-1 victory over Wichita State … NM State’s Chance Hiroch earned the win in his first start of the year, allowing one run on seven hits in five innings pitched in a 16-3 victory over Texas Southern … UT Rio Grande Valley’s Ryan Jackson struck of six of the eight batters he faced to earn the save in a 5-2 upset win over nationally-ranked Oklahoma State.
The Redhawks (1-2) return to Seattle for their home opening series Feb. 22-24, hosting Omaha in a four-game set.