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Hurd Collects National Weekly Honors From Multiple Outlets

Mar 8, 2022
Thatcher Hurd (photo courtesy of the Houston Astros)

LOS ANGELES – UCLA freshman right-hander Thatcher Hurd picked up a pair of weekly national honors on Tuesday, as he was named Perfect Game/Rawlings National Pitcher of the Week while also being named a National Co-Pitcher of the Week by the NCBWA.

In addition to Tuesday's plaudits, Hurd was cited as one of 21 "National Players of the Week" on Monday by Collegiate Baseball.

Hurd was dominant in a pair of outings last week (one start and one relief appearance), striking out 15 batters and allowing just two singles over 6 2/3 shutout innings.

He threw five scoreless innings and struck out a dozen batters in a start last Tuesday against Long Beach State, racking up the most single-game strikeouts by a UCLA freshman since Gerrit Cole in 2009. The Manhattan Beach, Calif. native added a five-up, five-down relief appearance on Saturday against Oklahoma in the Shriner's Children's College Classic.

For the season, Hurd is 1-0 with a 0.66 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings. His 18.4 strikeouts per nine innings ratio leads all qualifying pitchers in the NCAA.

Western Kentucky's Sean Bergeron was the other pitcher to share NCBWA National Co-Pitcher of the Week honors, as he struck out 16 in a complete game performance against Hartford.

Hurd is slated to toe the rubber for the Bruins on Tuesday night against Cal State Fullerton. First pitch from Jackie Robinson Stadium is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.