May 27, 2008
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - UCLA junior left-hander Tim Murphy has earned Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors for the second consecutive week and third time this season after having tossed his second complete game shutout of the season in UCLA's 8-0 win at No. 15 California last Friday.
In the Bruins' series-opening victory at Evans Diamond, Murphy became the first UCLA pitcher since 1983 (Jeff Pries) to toss two complete game shutouts in one season.
Murphy recorded 10 strikeouts, scattering five hits, in UCLA's 8-0 win. The Bruins blanked California, 7-0, the following afternoon, posting back-to-back shutouts for the first time since 1978.
Murphy, who currently boasts a 16.2 scoreless inning streak, becomes the first Pac-10 player to earn back-to-back pitcher of the week honors since former Washington ace Tim Lincecum captured four consecutive weekly accolades in 2006.
The Vista, Calif., resident is tied with Washington's Nick Haughian for the most strikeouts (107) among Pac-10 pitchers. Murphy not only leads UCLA in that category but has pitched a team-leading 94.2 innings, limiting the opposition to a .222 batting average.
The Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honor marks the third in Murphy's pitching career and is the 48th all-time selection for UCLA. Murphy earned the weekly accolade for the first time this season after tossing a complete game shutout against Bethune-Cookman in the inaugural Urban Invitational (March 1).
No. 2-seed UCLA will make its third consecutive postseason appearance this Friday, opening NCAA Regional play against No. 3-seed Virginia at Cal State Fullerton's Goodwin Field. All games at the Fullerton Regional will be broadcast live on ESPNU. Friday's game time is slated for 4 p.m.