The Pilots hosted the Santa Clara Broncos over the weekend and the three-game series started with a stellar performance from starting pitcher Christian Peters.
The senior right-hander took the mound on Friday and threw eight scoreless innings for Portland helping the Pilots pick up the 3-2 win.
Peters allowed just seven hits on the night and notched 11 strikeouts en route to his third straight win.
The performance was spectacular and earned Peters West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week honors.
Peters is currently second in the WCC with four wins, has the fifth-most strikeouts (37) and sixth-best ERA (2.56), while throwing 38.2 innings, the most in the WCC.
The honors for Peters come the week after Portland Shortstop Chad Stevens was named WCC Player of the Week after going 10-of-22 at the plate with four doubles, two home runs, and nine RBI's.
You can watch Stevens, Peters, and the rest of the Pilots Tuesday night on NBC Sports Northwest when they host the No.21 Oregon State Beavers. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 pm
Here are some quick facts about the Pilots ahead of tonight's matchup (via the University of Portland):
ABOUT THE PILOTS
- The Pilots are .500 overall at 11-11 and 4-2 in conference playing following their WCC series against the Santa Clara Broncos. Portland took the series opener but dropped the next two games.
- Freshman 2B Jake Tsukada tied the single-game record for most hits by a Pilot in a single game on Friday, Mar. 19 against Pacific with six hits and reached a base on 10 straight plate appearances, also thought to be the most in program history.
- Junior RHP Eli Morse moved from starter to the bullpen this year and has dazzled with only four runs allowed in 15.2 innings of relief. He has 17 strikeouts to just one walk allowed. His six saves are tied for fourth in the nation as well.
- Portland leads the WCC in ERA (3.52), WHIP (1.22) and shutouts (3).
- The top two Pilots in batting average to this point are freshmen: Jake Tsukada (.357) and Ben Patacsil (.347).
- Peters, Stevens, sophomore first baseman Tracye Tammaro, and redshirt-freshman outfielder Jake Holcroft were all voted to the 2021 All-West Coast Conference Preseason Baseball Team.
- The Pilots tied Pepperdine for the most players on the all-league preseason team, and it's the second straight year to earn the honor for Stevens.
- The Pilots as a team were selected to finish seventh in the annual poll of the league's 10 head coaches.
- Senior closer Connor Knutson entered the year second all-time in program history with 22 career saves; the right-hander is just two stops shy of matching career leader Chris Dennis, who compiled 24 saves from 2010-11.
- Elsewhere on the program's career charts, Morse ranks ninth all-time in K's per 9.0 innings (8.13), and he's 11th in fewest walks per nine (2.42).
- The 25 wins the Pilots recorded in 2019 are the most in a season since 2012.