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Wurst Earns Big West Conference Pitcher of the Week Praise

Wurst Earns Big West Conference Pitcher of the Week Praise

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – After recording successive shutout victories to help the Cal Poly softball program post a three-game sweep at Cal State Fullerton (March 29-30), Mustang sophomore lefthander Chloe Wurst was named Big West Conference Pitcher of the Week on Monday afternoon.

During Cal Poly's March 29 series opener at Cal State Fullerton, Wurst (right) scattered four hits, walked one, struck out three and allowed just two Titan baserunners into scoring position. Junior shortstop Kim Westlund's run-scoring single with two outs during the top of the fifth helped provide Cal Poly a 1-0 triumph.

Wurst returned the following day and allowed four hits without walking a Titan batter as part of a 4-0 win that helped Cal Poly record its first road sweep of a Big West opponent in three seasons. During the series finale, Wurst allowed just four Titan baserunners into scoring position and only one as far as third.

Cal Poly opened last week by splitting a March 25 home doubleheader against Fresno State. During Cal Poly's 6-5 opening-game victory, Wurst tossed one inning of relief to record her first career save.

During four appearances last week, Wurst compiled a 0.47 ERA and walked just one hitter in 15 innings.

As of Monday, Wurst (8-8-1) ranked fourth among Big West pitchers in ERA (2.28) and innings pitched (113.2), fifth in victories and starts (18) and sixth in strikeouts (79).

Monday's honor was the first of Wurst's career.

Off to the program's best conference start in three seasons, Cal Poly (15-20-1, 4-2) hosts Pacific (20-17, 5-1) for a three-game April 6-7 series. Action at Bob Janssen Field opens with a 12 noon doubleheader on Saturday.