March 6, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. - Junior starting pitcher Kurt Heyer has been named the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week, the league office announced on Tuesday.
Heyer, a right-hander from Huntington Beach, Calif., tossed a complete game and equaled his career high with 14 strikeouts in a 7-1 victory over Harvard last Friday night at Hi Corbett Field. The victory pushed his record to 3-0 with an earned run average of 0.78 in 23.0 innings pitched to open the season.
The nine-inning effort was the fourth complete game in Heyer's career and moved him atop the conference with 23.0 innings pitched this season. The 14 strikeouts matched a total he racked up against Washington State on April 16, 2010, during his freshman season. The strikeout tally improved his season total to 25, among the top-five in the conference and he now has 268 punch-outs in his career, which ranks as second-most in the nation for active pitchers.
Arizona (8-2) remained ranked No. 7 in the nation in the Baseball America Top 25 poll released on Monday. The Wildcats are hosting UC Davis for a pair of mid-week games beginning this evening at 5 p.m. and finishing up on Wednesday at 1 p.m.
Heyer will take to the mound on Friday night when the Wildcats open a three-game series against Eastern Michigan at 6 p.m. at Hi Corbett Field.