Gaviglio earns Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week nod

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Oregon State right-hander Sam Gaviglio has been named the Pacific-10 Conference's Pitcher of the Week, commissioner Larry Scott announced Tuesday.

Gaviglio picks up the honor after he limited then-No. 14 Connecticut to just two hits in a 2-0 shutout of the Huskies in the opening game of the Kleberg Bank Classic in Corpus Christi, Texas last Friday.

The former Ashland High standout struck out 10 — the second time of his career in double figures — and allowed the Huskies to reach first base just three times; twice via a hit and walk in the fifth and an infield single with two outs in the ninth. Gaviglio retired the first 12 batters he faced.

The righty has been stellar early on this season. He has combined for 152/3 innings in two starts, allowing two unearned runs, eight hits and one walk while striking out 15. Opponents are batting just .143 against him.

Gaviglio opened the season by allowing two unearned runs with two outs in the first against Gonzaga on Feb. 19 in Fresno, Calif. Since then, he has thrown 15 consecutive scoreless innings.

The honor is the second of Gaviglio's career; he also earned the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honor after throwing a shutout against Arizona earlier in his career. It is the 63rd Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honor for Oregon State, second-most in the league, and the 17th since the league eliminated the North and South divisions in 1999.

Oregon State opens its 2011 home slate Friday when the Beavers host Hartford in the start of a four-game series at Goss Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 5:35 p.m.

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