Posted: Apr 15, 2019
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Senior right-hander Michael Clark, who pitched nine scoreless innings in Cal Poly's three-game sweep at UC Davis, has been chosen as the Big West Conference Pitcher of the Week.
Clark tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings in relief for the win Friday, allowing two hits and striking out four. Two days later, he was the second of four Mustang pitchers used in the series finale and threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings, scattering six hits, walking one and striking out two.
Cal Poly won the three games by 5-1, 8-5 and 6-5 scores, bouncing back from a 5-0 deficit in the finale and sweeping the Aggies in Dobbins Stadium for the first time in program history.
It was the second Big West pitcher of the week award for Clark in three weeks. Against CSUN on March 29-31, Clark earned a save in all three games, tossing six scoreless, hitless frames with nine strikeouts and no walks.
The graduate of Cardinal Newman High School in Santa Rosa is 2-1 for the season with a 2.19 ERA.
The Rohnert Park native has not allowed an earned run in 10 of his last 11 appearances dating back to March 16 at Baylor. In his last 23.2 innings, he has yielded just two runs for a 0.76 earned run average.
Clark also was named Big West Pitcher of the Week in early April 2017 after earning two wins in relief at UC Irvine with six scoreless innings, allowing just one hit.
Named Big West Field Player of the Week was UC Riverside junior designated hitter Connor Cannon as he batted .500 (6-for-12) over four games with five runs scored and eight RBIs. He also drew six walks to finish the week with a .684 on-base percentage and hit three home runs in a series win over Hawai'i, lifting his season total to a Big West-leading nine.
Cal Poly, atop the Big West standings with a 7-2 record and 16-17 overall, overcoming a 2-9 start by winning 14 of its last 22 games, travels to Long Beach State for a three-game Big West series Thursday through Saturday.