April 23, 2012

Whitaker Named ODAC Pitcher of the Week

FOREST, VA-Freshman starting pitcher Zach Whitaker (Roanoke, VA/Patrick Henry) was named the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week after going 2-0 and helping the Tigers secure a spot in the ODAC Tournament.

Whitaker picked up two complete game ODAC victories while pitching 18 innings in a span of just four days. Whitaker shut down the Virginia Wesleyan bats on Wednesday in going the distance, and then came back on Saturday to pitch nine more innings to pick up a 4-1 win over Bridgewater.

Against the Marlins, Whitaker allowed one run on five hits while striking out six. He again held his opponent to one run on Saturday, giving up a solo homerun in the second, before pitching seven straight shutout innings. Bridgewater recorded eight hits against him, but he struck out five while walking just two.

Whitaker now stands at 7-3 on the season in 16 appearances and eight starts. He also has two saves, 50 strikeouts and just a 2.60 ERA.

Whitaker and the Tigers will face top-seeded Lynchburg College in the first game of the ODAC Tournament at 11:00 am on Thursday, April 26. You can follow all of the ODAC Tournament action by clicking here.