Gunderson Named Pac-10 Baseball Pitcher Of The Week
April 27, 2004
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State's Kevin Gunderson was named the Pacific-10 Baseball Pitcher of the Week for April 20-26, it was announced Tuesday by conference commissioner Tom Hansen. Gunderson (Portland, Ore./Central Catholic HS) earned the saves in both of OSU's wins at Southern California on Saturday and Sunday.
Gunderson, a freshman lefthander, nailed down both victories as the Beavers won a series at USC for the first time ever. In 3 1/3 innings over those two games, Gunderson did not allow a run on just two hits and no walks, striking out four; he has a 5-1 record and three saves this season with a 2.41 earned run average.
Gunderson went both the short route and the long route for the two saves.
On April 24, OSU led 4-3 with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning but USC had the tying run on second base and the top of the order coming to the plate when Gunderson was called on to relieve Dallas Buck; Gunderson needed just five pitches as he struck out Michael Moon swinging to end the game. On April 25, Gunderson entered the game to start the bottom of the seventh inning with OSU leading 6-4 and he pitched a scoreless final three innings, giving up just two hits and no walks while striking out three.
The Pitcher of the Week honor is the second by a Beaver this season. Sophomore righthander Andy Baldwin was named for the week of March 16-22.
Taking the series at USC over the weekend puts Oregon State (26-12 overall, 6-6 Pacific-10) in a tie for third place in the Pac-10 standings. The Beavers play host to second-place Washington (24-13-1, 8-4) this weekend at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field with games Friday at 5 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. All three games can be heard on KEJO-AM (1240) and www.osubeavers.com.