March 19, 2012
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Grant Watson has earned Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week acclaim after going 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in 13.0 innings for UCLA last week, as announced by the conference office on Monday.
The freshman left-hander from Bakersfield, Calif., picked up the victory in each of his two starts. Watson allowed one run and seven hits through six innings in a 7-2 win against USC at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday. He limited Arizona State to two runs and four hits in six-plus innings during UCLA's 4-2 win early Sunday evening.
In addition, Watson threw one scoreless inning in relief against Arizona State on Friday night. He recorded three consecutive outs in the eighth and ninth innings in a game that was tied, 5-5, before UCLA won the contest, 6-5, with a walk-off home run by Kevin Williams in the ninth inning.
Watson finished the week with three pitching appearances, having allowed three runs and 11 hits in 13.0 innings.
He has become the first UCLA pitcher to notch two victories in one week since Trevor Bauer accomplished the feat as a freshman in 2009.
This marks the first Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week honor for Watson, who has gone 5-0 with a 3.86 ERA in 32.2 innings for UCLA this season.
No. 7-ranked UCLA (15-4, 2-1 Pac-12) returns to action against Washington State (10-8, 1-2 Pac-12) on Friday evening. Game time at Jackie Robinson Stadium is 6 p.m.