Andrews Earns Back-to-Back Pitcher of the Week Honors
Clayton Andrews picked up his third Big West Pitcher of the Week award on Monday, winning for the second consecutive week to give him four weekly awards this season.
LONG BEACH, Calif. - The stellar season for junior Clayton Andrews continues as he was named Big West Pitcher of the Week on Monday. It’s the second straight Pitcher of the Week nod for Andrews, who has earned that honor three times this season. Along with his Player of the Week honor back on Mar. 26, Andrews now has four weekly awards, putting together an impressive candidacy for Big West Player of the Year consideration.
His latest gem came Saturday afternoon against UC Santa Barbara in a 12-0 Dirtbags victory to win the series against the Gauchos. He worked seven innings of shutout baseball, scattering four hits and striking out eight. UCSB didn’t have an extra-base hit against Andrews, who also had a pair of hits at the plate (including a double) and scored twice in the victory.
On the season, Andrews leads LBSU with a 2.37 ERA and has 100 strikeouts against just 14 walks in 83.2 innings pitched. The junior southpaw has been terrific over his last three starts, allowing just one run in 22 innings. He’s also cut down on free passes, walking just one batter over his last four starts with an eye-popping 42:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 33 IP in that span. Andrews currently ranks 28th in the nation in strikeouts with his even 100 K’s and is 16th in strikeout-to-walk ratio at 7.14 for the season. Perhaps ironically, he ranks as the toughest batter to strike out in the country, fanning once every 31.7 at-bats.
Andrews is the first Dirtbags pitcher to earn three Big West Pitcher of the Week awards in the same season since Chris Mathewson in 2015. Others who have achieved that feat were all major leaguers: Jered Weaver (4 in 2003, 7 in 2004), Andrew Carpenter (4 in 2006), Marcus Jones (3 in 1996) and Cesar Ramos (3 in 2005). In 13 weeks this season, a Dirtbags pitcher has won Big West Pitcher of the Week honors six times: Andrews (Apr. 9, May 7, May 14), Zak Baayoun (Feb. 19, Mar. 26) and Tyler Radcliffe (Mar. 19).
Long Beach State is on the road at Hawai’i this weekend and will conclude the regular season at home against Cal State Fullerton, May 24-26.
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