KATZ NAMED DIV. I INDEPENDENT PITCHER OF THE WEEK, AGAIN
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Junior Ethan Katz has been named Div. I Independent Baseball Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season after recording his fourth complete game and earning a 2-1 win over second-ranked Stanford on April 24. Katz received his first pitcher of the week honor on March 23.
Katz, a native of Los Angeles, registered the win over the Cardinal after allowing one unearned run on four hits while walking four and striking out seven in 9.0 innings. With the victory, the Hornets defeated their highest-ranked opponent in program history and ended a season-high five-game losing streak. Katz ended several streaks for the Cardinal including consecutive games with at least two runs (31), games with at least 10 hits (12) and a seven-game winning streak. The right-hander also ended hitting streaks for Brian Hall (21) and Sam Fuld (12). Stanford entered the contest with a 22-1 record vs. right-handed pitchers.
A transfer from East Los Angeles JC, Katz leads the Hornet pitching staff with a 7-4 record, a 3.74 ERA, four complete games, one shutout, 89.0 innings pitched and 75 strikeouts. He also became the first Hornet to pitch back-to-back complete-game victories since Jeff Groeger accomplished the feat during the 2002 season (May 4, May 10).
Sacramento State (23-28) will next travel to San Jose State for a three-game series at Municipal Stadium. The first game will be on Friday, April 30, at 7 p.m. Game two will be on Saturday, May 1, at 1 p.m. before the finale on Sunday, May 2, at 1 p.m.