Pettibone Picks Up Big West Pitcher of the Week Honors

Austin Pettibone (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Austin Pettibone (Photo by Tony Mastres)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Junior right-hander Austin Pettibone was named the Big West Pitcher of the Week on Monday afternoon following his four-hit shutout of Cal State Northridge in Saturday's 6-0 UCSB win.

It was the second shutout and third complete game of Pettibone's career. The win, his third of the season, gave him 21 wins in his UCSB career, tied for fourth-most in program history.

The Yorba Linda, Calif. native needed just 85 pitches to down the Matadors. Of the 30 batters he faced, 22 were dealt a first-pitch strike and all but one was retired on four pitches or less. Never letting a single batter reach a three-ball count, he struck out five while walking zero.

In the loss, the Matadors never had more than one runner on base at a time and didn't have a runner reach scoring position until Michael Livingston took second on defensive indifference with two outs in the ninth.

In his last two starts against CSUN, both complete games victories, he has allowed just one earned run with 10 strikeouts.

Pettibone's gem was part of a strong pitching weekend overall for the Gauchos, who allowed just one earned run over the three-game series with the Matadors.

The 6-4 command specialist becomes the third UCSB player this season to take home Big West weekly honors. Freshman Andrew Calica was honored on Mar. 24 for hitting .588 in a four-game sweep of Wagner while senior Joey Epperson picked up the award on Mar. 3 after leading the Gauchos to an undefeated week featuring a win over UCLA and a sweep of Princeton.

Pettibone is the first Gaucho to pick up the Big West Pitcher of the Week award since Robby Nesovic threw six shutout innings at Cal State Fullerton on Apr. 14, 2013.

Austin and the rest of the Gauchos travel to Pepperdine tomorrow afternoon for a vital midweek showdown with the Waves. Sophomore lefty Domenic Mazza will take the ball for UCSB, with first pitch set for 3:00 p.m.