COLLEGE STATION, Texas – For the second time this season, Texas A&M junior pitcher Michael Wacha has been named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week as he earned the distinction Monday from a panel of media covering the league.
Friday the 13th was not unlucky for Wacha as the Aggie right-hander tossed his second complete game shutout of the season in an 8-0 win over Kansas at Hoglund Ballpark.
The Texarkana, Texas, native scattered four hits and allowed only two KU base runners to reach as far as second base during his 102-pitch outing. The 6-foot-6 right-hander also notched six strikeouts while not walking a single batter during his second shutout of the season, the last of which came on March 23 at Pepperdine.
Wacha, who also earned Big 12 Pitcher of the Week honors on March 26, found his groove on the mound during the middle innings as beginning with the last two batters in the bottom of the fourth he retired a string of 15 consecutive hitters before a ninth-inning single ended the streak.
For the season, Wacha stands among the country’s elite pitchers by holding a 5-0 record with a 2.42 ERA run average and 66 strikeouts in 63.1 innings pitched.
Wacha and the Aggies are back in action Tuesday when they host No. 7 Rice in a 6:35 p.m. contest on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.