Oregon State's Brianne McGowan Named Pac-10 Softball Pitcher of the Week

April 25, 2006

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - OREGON STATE junior pitcher Brianne McGowan has been named the Pac-10 Softball Pitcher of the Week for Apr. 18-24, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

The Reno, Nev. native boasted a perfect 3-0 record as the Beavers knocked off top-ranked UCLA in Los Angeles and swept a pair of games against No. 14/14 Washington in Seattle. McGowan held a perfect 0.00 ERA and struck out 21 batters in 17.0 innings of scoreless work, helping OSU to its first-ever road sweep of UCLA and Washington.

Oregon State's victory over top-ranked UCLA was the first for the Beavers at Easton Stadium since the 1999 season, a span of 10 games. McGowan retired 13 straight Bruin batters after UCLA threatened with a pair of singles in the bottom of the third inning. UCLA then loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh, but she recorded her ninth strikeout of the game to complete her 24th career shutout.

On Saturday at Washington, McGowan pitched six scoreless innings, striking out six. She also went 1-for-3 at the plate, with a two-RBI single in the top of the sixth that secured the 3-2 victory.

In the rubber game, McGowan threw four scoreless innings, striking out six and allowing only four hits. She also hit her eighth home run of the season in the game, going 1-for-2 with an RBI to mark the first back-to-back road victories for OSU at Washington in school history. Oregon State has its best record over the first 40 games (33-7) in school history.

McGowan ranks fourth in the Oregon State record books with 67 career victories, and is just one of three pitchers in school history to record back-to-back 20 win seasons. The 2005 Pac-10 Pitcher of the year, McGowan is just the second player in school history to earn first team NFCA All-America honors.

Oregon State (5-4, 33-7), hosts Oregon in a double-header on Wed., Apr. 26, before meeting Cal and Stanford at home over the weekend.

This is McGowan's fifth Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week award and Oregon State's 30th weekly honor all-time.

ALSO NOMINATED: Taryne Mowatt, ARIZ; Katie Burkhart, ASU; Kristina Thorson, CAL; Laura Severson, STAN; Lisa Dodd, UCLA.

2006 PAC-10 SOFTBALL PITCHERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 14 - Alicia Hollowell, ARIZ; Feb. 21- Alicia Hollowell, ARIZ; Feb. 28- Anjelica Selden, UCLA; Mar. 7- Anjelica Selden, UCLA; Mar. 14- Anjelica Selden, UCLA; Mar. 21- Taryne Mowatt, ARIZ; Mar. 28- Taryne Mowatt, ARIZ; Apr. 4- Danielle Lawrie, WASH; Apr. 11- Katie Burkhart, ASU; Apr. 18- Katie Burkhart, ASU; Apr. 25- Brianne McGowan, OSU.

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