Feb. 17, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz.- Arizona junior right-hander Sean Rierson has been named the Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger National Pitcher of the Week, the publication announced today.
Rierson garnered the weekly honor after tossing a complete game, 2-hit shutout at UC Irvine on Saturday. The junior needed just 104 pitches to put away the Anteaters, as he struck out five and walked none en route to his first victory of the season. Rierson, who had struggled in his first two starts of 2003, entered the game at UCI with a 14.14 ERA and an opponent's batting average of .500.
The complete game shutout was the second of Rierson's career, having also shutout San Diego State over nine innings in a 1-0 victory last season.
Rierson's 2-hitter is the first for Arizona since David Carley, James McDonald and Jeff Hird combined to shutout Pepperdine on two hits on Feb. 6, 1986. Former Wildcat great Joe Magrane is the last Arizona pitcher to toss a complete game 2-hitter. The southpaw went nine innings with just two hits in a 10-1 win against UNLV on Feb. 4, 1984.
The Wildcats return to action this Friday as they host Minnesota for a three-game series at Sancet Field. First pitch for Friday's game is set for 3 p.m.