May 16, 2006
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Cal senior pitcher Kristina Thorson has been named the Pac-10 Softball Pitcher of the Week for May 9-15, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today. It is the second consecutive week that the Lake Forest Park, Wash., native has earned pitcher of the week honors.
Thorson pitched 23 scoreless innings over the weekend, against No. 1/1 UCLA and No. 17/17 Washington, while striking out 40 and walking only one. After giving up two runs in the fourth inning against UCLA, she threw 20 consecutive scoreless innings, including a 10-inning shutout of the Huskies on Friday.
With Saturday's complete game shutout of Washington, Thorson moved into second on Cal's single-season wins list. Her 15 strikeouts on the game moved her to 1,009 career strikeouts, and she is just the third Bear pitcher to eclipse the 1,000-strikeout mark. Thorson sits at fifth place on the Pac-10 single-season strikeout list with 399, and is seventh on the conference career strikeout list with 1,009.
Thorson has given up just four earned runs in the last 57.1 innings, all against Pac-10 opponents that she has held to an ERA of 0.50. She leads the conference in innings pitched (264.0), strikeouts (399), batters struck out looking (158), wins (32), and saves (5).
California (12-9, 44-12), travels to Iowa City, Iowa as the No. 10 overall seed in the NCAA Regional Tournament, and will play Illinois State on Fri., May 19 at 5 p.m.
This is Thorson's third Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week award and California's 57th weekly honor all-time.
ALSO NOMINATED: Alicia Hollowell, ARIZ; Katie Burkhart, ASU; Brianne McGowan, OSU; Becky McCullough, STAN; Anjelica Selden, UCLA.