COLORADO SPRINGS-Boise State redshirt junior Rebecca Patton was named Mountain West Pitcher of the Week for the week ending Feb. 24, the conference announced Tuesday. It is the first weekly award for Boise State this season.
Patton appeared in three games for Boise State at the Amy S. Harrison Classic Feb. 22-24, hosted by UC Riverside. She made two starts and tossed 13 innings with a 0.54 earned run average en route to a 2-0 record.
Patton worked four shutout innings in the tournament opener Friday, against Weber State. She allowed just one hit, walked two and struck out a season-best eight in shutting down the Wildcats. The first six outs of the game were recorded via strikeout and after walking two batters with one out in the first, Patton retired 11 of the last 12 batters she faced before turning the game and a 10-0 lead over to the bullpen.
Patton went the distance in the Bronco win against San Diego Saturday, pitching a shutout for the 1-0 victory. The junior right-hander worked around seven hits but did not walk a batter and struck out six to notch Boise State's first shutout of the season and her first since Feb. 11, 2012, as a student-athlete at Cal Poly (against Texas Tech).
Patton finally allowed a run in a relief appearance Sunday, against San Diego. She allowed one run on three hits in two innings of work.
For the weekend the junior transfer struck out 16 and walked just three, allowing only the one run to lower her season ERA to 3.53 and run her record to 5-2.
During three seasons at Cal Poly Patton was named Big West Pitcher of the Week three times, twice in 2010 and once in 2011. This is the sixth all-time MW Pitcher of the Week honor garnered by a Bronco and the 10th in program history, regardless of conference.