WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Oregon senior right-hander Justin LaTempa has been named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for April 26-May 2, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.
LaTempa was nearly untouchable Saturday night, tossing a complete game one-hit shutout as the now No.15 Ducks defeated Washington State, 6-0.
Throwing the first complete game of his collegiate career at UO, the Huntington Beach, Calif., native recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts. The senior right-hander had his no-hitter broken up in the eighth inning when WSU’s Matt Argyroppilos led off the inning with a shallow double to right field.
LaTempa became the first Oregon pitcher since reinstatement to throw a complete game shutout. In addition, it was the first time Oregon has shutout a Pac-10 opponent since a 3-0 victory at Washington on May 8, 1976.
On the season, LaTempa is 4-2 with a 2.64 ERA and 50 strikeouts.
This is the first career Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honor for LaTempa and the first all-time Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week selection for Oregon.
Oregon senior catcher Eddie Rodriguez was named Pac-10 Player of the Week back on March 8.
The No. 15 Ducks (30-14, 10-8) have now won four consecutive Pac-10 series, and are tied for third in the conference standings with Stanford.
Oregon returns to action tomorrow, hosting Portland at 7 p.m. at PK Park. The Ducks will make the short trip to Corvallis this weekend for a three-game Civil War series beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday night from Goss Stadium.