Brant Rustich Named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week

Feb. 15, 2005

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - UCLA sophomore right-hander Brant Rustich has been named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for the week of February 8-14, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Tuesday.

Rustich, from El Cajon, Calif., was masterful on Feb. 13 against CalState Northridge as he picked up his first win of the season with acomplete game performance, allowing just one unearned run. Rustichstruck out eight and needed just 113 pitches en route to his firstcareer complete game. He got stronger as the game progressed, retiringseven of the last nine batters he faced. The right-hander was notscheduled to pitch in the game because of a rainout two days earlier,but due to Bryan Beck's sore pitching shoulder, Rustich was reinsertedinto the starting slot. Rustich lowered his season ERA over two fullruns down to 2.08. Opposing hitters are now batting a meager .197against him.

The Pitcher of the Week honor is the first ever for Rustich and the 37th selection all-time for UCLA.