April 19, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona freshman pitcher Kurt Heyer was named the Pacific-10 Pitcher of the Week by the league office and one of two Louisville Slugger national players of the week as recognized by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper on Monday.
Heyer, from Huntington Beach, Calif., struck out a career high 14 batters in UA’s 5-3 win over Washington State last Friday night. The right-hander finished one out shy of tossing his second complete game of the season, but still turned in an impressive 8.2 innings in which he allowed just two earned runs on four hits. Just as impressive, Heyer held the Cougars without a hit for a stretch of 15 consecutive batters faced in the game and he did not issue a walk until there were two outs in the ninth inning.
The win improved Heyer to 6-0 on the season and lowered his ERA to a team-best 2.15. On the season, he has limited opponents to a .229 batting average while striking out 68 batters in 58.2 innings pitched with just 11 total walks. His ERA (No. 4), strikeouts (No. 4), wins (t-No. 4), innings pitched (t-No. 5) and opposing batting average (No. 9) rank in the top-10 for individual pitching in the Pac-10.
This is the second time this season that Heyer has captured both the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week and a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week award in the same week. Heyer struck out 13 batters in his collegiate debut against Utah Valley on Feb. 19 to earn the honors the following week.
Heyer’s 14 strikeouts last Friday surpassed the 13-strikeout tally he racked up in his debut, which at the time tied for the second-most ever by a UA freshman pitcher in a single game. The 14 strikeouts are two shy of Tim Schweitzer’s 16 strikeouts against UCLA in 1991. Heyer, who also hit double-digit strikeouts with 10 against Northern Colorado on March 12, is the only player to appear multiple times on the freshman single-game strikeout top-10 list for UA, which starts at 10 strikeouts.
The Wildcats, after a weekend sweep of Washington State, improved to 26-9 on the season, their best start since opening the 2007 season with a 30-6 record. Arizona appears in all major collegiate baseball polls, including No. 17 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll and the Baseball America top 25. The Wildcats check in as high as No. 15 in the Rivals.com ratings, and appear at No. 18 in Collegiate Baseball.
Arizona travels to Tempe, Ariz., to take on No. 1 Arizona State in a non-conference matchup on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Packard Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on KCUB AM-1290.