Washington State Junior pitcher Zane Mills was named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week on Monday following a complete game on Saturday against California. Mills helped lead the Cougars to a 4-2 victory that snapped a three game losing streak. He becomes the first Cougar pitcher since Joe Pistorese in 2015 to earn the award twice in a season.
It took the Bears four and a third innings to get their first hit in the game, but it was short lived as they grounded into a double play on the next pitch. The Bears finally caught onto Mills in the eighth inning as they had four hits and scored two runs while leaving three on the bases.
He answered back strong in the ninth inning when he struck out the first batter he faced. He would go on and walk the second batter of the inning but then struck out the next two to secure the win and the complete game.
He finished his day with 10 strikeouts, 2 walks, and 6 hits. He enters this week leading the conference in strikeouts with 42 over the the 37.2 innings pitched on the season. He is 4-3 in his 9 appearances.
The Cougars will head to Spokane for a game against Gonzaga later today with first pitch coming at 6:00 pm. Last time out, the Cougs dropped a shortened game 9-0. That game was called in the top of the sixth inning following an injury to the Bulldog’s Stephen Lund after he slid into second and injured his leg.
Following his complete-game victory at California over the weekend, Washington State starting pitcher Zane Mills was named the Pac-12 Conference Pitcher of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.
Washington State (19-15, 7-11 Pac-12) heads to Spokane for a Tuesday night matchup at No. 21 Gonzaga (26-14, 14-4 WCC). First pitch is set for 6 p.m.
Pac-12 Baseball Pitcher of the Week: Zane Mills, Jr., RHP, WASHINGTON STATE (Portland, Ore.)
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