Bywater Named WCC Co-Pitcher of the Week
MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine junior Matt Bywater (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Thousand Oaks HS) Monday was named West Coast Conference Co-Pitcher of the Week. He shares this week's honor with Loyola Marymount freshman Aaron Griffin.
Bywater, a two-time recipient of this award, was recognized by the conference for recording a complete game shutout victory Saturday against Stony Brook. Bywater struck out eight Seawolves in the 3-0 win and got their cleanup hitter Robert Dyer to end the game on a groundout with two runners in scoring position.
The southpaw tossed 100 pitches, scattered six hits, but did not walk or hit a batter. He struck out the side in the first inning before facing the minimum 18 batters up through the seventh.
Bywater is the first Pepperdine hurler to be named WCC Pitcher of the Week twice in one season since 2007 when Barry Enright earned the distinction on Feb. 19 and May 7 of that year. Bywater earned his first conference citation earlier this season on Feb. 22 following his complete game shutout of then-No. 4 Cal State Fullerton - a performance which also netted him National Pitcher of the Week honors from the NCBWA (National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association).
A 2010 WCC Preseason All-Conference Team selection, Bywater was named to the All-WCC first team in 2009 and to its all-freshman team in 2008. He owns a career record of 15-7 with 150 strikeouts and a 4.05 earned-run average.
Pepperdine (8-14) returns to action Tuesday night with a 6 p.m. game at Jackie Robinson stadium against No. 6 UCLA (20-0). The game will be broadcast at pepperdinesports.com via a subscription to Wave Casts.