Pacific's Hummel Named Big West Pitcher of the Week
Pacific senior RHP Jake Hummel was named Big West Pitcher of the Week Monday after his complete-game shutout over San Francisco on Sunday.
The 6-3 righty from Peoria, Ariz., struck out a career-high 10 batters while not allowing an earned run in Pacific's 3-0 win over USF at Klein Family Field, going the distance for his second complete game of the season.
Hummel scattered six hits, pitching out of trouble twice in the ball game. In the eighth, Hummel escaped a bases loaded jam with only one out, as following an intentional walk, he got Jason Mahood to pop out behind first base to Tigers' 2B Dustin Torchio (Santa Cruz, Calif.) and Stephen Yarrow to fly out to right field to retire the side.
After retiring the first batter in the ninth, USF's Nick Balog singled to center. The next batter, Jared Denham chopped a grounder to short, where junior Garrett Borba (Merced, Calif.) came up firing, but Denham was ruled safe at first. Hummel coaxed a groundball to Borba to the next batter, Travis Higgs, but after Borba forced out Denham at second, Higgs beat the throw to first. With runners on the corners, Hummel punched out Aritz Garcia to end the ball game on a called strike three.
Hummel issued just two walks, one intentional walk, as he left eight Dons stranded on base for the game. Hummel held USF to two hits in 13 at bats (.154 AVG) with runners on base for the ballgame.
Of his 136 pitches, 93 went for strikes as he threw first-pitch strikes to 22 of 35 batters. His 136 pitches were the most this season, as he's gone at least six innings in each outing and eight-plus innings in three of his six starts.
With the win, Hummel improves to 3-2 on the season as the outing lowered Hummel's ERA to 2.25 as he has allowed two earned runs on less in five of his six starts.
Hummel's 10 strikeouts topped his previous career-high of eight against UC Santa Barbara on May 30 last year.
The Tigers are back in action on Tuesday, at 2 p.m. at Sacramento State.