Nov. 7, 2002
Santa Barbara, Calif.- On Thursday, former UCSB pitcher Barry Zito was named the American League Cy Young Award winner. Zito edged Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez by a total of 18 points to claim the honor. In 2002, the southpaw finished 23-5 with a 2.75 ERA in nearly 230 innings pitched, all of which are career highs. At age 24, the A's pitcher became the seventh-youngest ever to win the award.
Zito pitched his freshman year for the Gauchos before finishing his collegiate career at USC. In 1997, Zito recorded 123 strikeouts for the Gauchos, which ranks him second on UCSB's all-time strikeout list for a single season. In last year's alumni game, the Oakland Athletic's pitcher did not see time on the hill, but the lefty did play shortstop and leftfield finishing the game with a hit and an RBI.