Averill Named Pro-Line Cap National Pitcher of the Week

Feb. 8, 2005

TEMPE, Ariz. (www.TheSunDevils.com) -- Arizona State junior left-handed pitcher Erik Averill has been named the Pro-Line Cap National Pitcher of the Week after throwing a complete-game, 14-strikeout shutout against New Mexico State.

The junior southpaw also earned national player of the week honors from Collegiate Baseball and with the NCBWA award is automatically added to the watch list for the Roger Clemens Award, given to the national collegiate pitcher of the year, sponsored by the Greater Houston Baseball Organization.

Averill threw a complete-game shutout and collected a career-high 14 strikeouts in a 12-0 victory over New Mexico State. Averill scattered seven hits (six singles) and did not allow a runner past second base, while picking up his first win of the season and 13th of his career. Of his 14 strikeouts, eight were looking, and he allowed only three fly balls.

The complete-game shutout was the first by a Sun Devil since Jered Liebeck beat Long Beach State in 2003 to earn National Pitcher of the Week honors. His 14 strikeouts also were the most by a Sun Devil since Mike Esposito had 17 against Washington in 2002. For the season, Averill is 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 13.0 innings, while not allowing a walk.

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