Bywater Named WCC Pitcher of the Week
MALIBU, Calif. - Junior Matt Bywater Monday was selected as the West Coast Conference's Pitcher of the Week. Bywater was recognized for his complete game shutout of No. 4 Cal State Fullerton last Saturday night at Goodwin Field.
Bywater (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Thousand Oaks HS) scattered four hits and struck out 10 Titans in the Waves' 6-0 victory, marking his fourth career double-digit strikeout game. Twice he left runners stranded at third base following the seventh-inning stretch, and earlier, he induced two double plays to escape jams in the second and fourth innings.
His complete game victory was the first posted by a Wave since March 7, 2008 when Nathan Newman went the distance in a 7-1 win vs. Columbia.
Bywater's Player of the Week citation is the first of his career although the conference has previously honored him with three annual awards, including spots on the 2009 All-WCC first team and 2008 All-WCC freshman team.
Bywater currently owns a career win-loss record of 13-4 along with 107 strikeouts and an earned-run average of 4.67. He has also been the recipient of extraordinary run support over his last 11 starts, in which the Waves have posted a 10-1 record while averaging 9.5 runs per game.
Pepperdine (2-1) returns to action Tuesday for a 1:30 p.m. home game against Cal Poly (1-2).