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Rajcic Picks Up National Honors After WSU Gem

May 17, 2022
Max Rajcic (photo: Harry Bugarin)

LOS ANGELES – UCLA sophomore right-hander Max Rajcic picked up a trio of national honors following his eight-inning, 14-strikeout masterpiece against Washington State last Friday.

On Tuesday, he picked up National Pitcher of the Week honors from both the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and Perfect Game, and he was also recognized as one of nine National Players of the Week by Collegiate Baseball.

The external recognition comes after Rajcic already took home UCLA Student-Athlete of the Week and Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week accolades.

Rajcic had his best outing as a Bruin last Friday night to lead UCLA to a 4-0 win over Washington State, pitching the first eight innings of a combined one-hitter while striking out a career-high 14 batters.

His 14 strikeouts are tied for the most of any Bruin in a single game over the last 10 seasons (last: Ryan Garcia vs. Utah on Apr. 26, 2019), and he is the first Bruin pitcher coached by John Savage to record 14+ strikeouts in a game without issuing a walk.

The only damage against Rajcic came on a two-out roller up the middle in the first inning. The Fullerton, Calif. native responded by retiring the next 14 batters in a row, including a streak of five consecutive swinging strikeouts. Only one batter reached base the rest of the night for WSU, and it came on a strikeout as a Rajcic curveball produced a called strike three but reached the backstop.

For the season, Rajcic is 7-4 with a 3.21 ERA and a team-high 83 strikeouts over 73 innings. Over his last seven starts, he has produced a 59-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

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