March 15, 2013
SAN BRUNO, Calif. -
Sophomore Colin Welmon was named Rawlings WCC Pitcher of the Month for the month of February, it was announced by the conference office on Friday. Welmon went 2-1 with a 0.86 ERA over three starts in the month. The monthly selection is Welmon's first of his career after earning WCC Pitcher of the Week once last year.
The native of Tustin, Calif. pitched 21 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on 11 hits and five walks while striking out 20 hitters. Welmon averaged 6.67 strikeouts per game and posted a 4.00 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The right-hander recorded victories over then-No. 14 Oregon on the road (February 22) and Hawai'i at the UNLV Rebel Classic (February 28).
In the start against the Rainbows, Welmon tossed a complete game two-hit shutout and did not walk a batter while striking out six hitters as LMU defeated the Rainbows by a count of 9-0. Welmon needed just 95 pitches to toss his second career complete game, facing just one over the minimum.
In his start against No. 14 Oregon, Welmon threw six shutout frames, allowing four hits while striking out a career-high nine batters. Despite taking the loss on Opening Day (February 15) vs. Utah, Welmon threw six innings and allowed just two earned runs while striking out five.
Welmon, who is slated to get the start to open WCC play on Friday at Pepperdine, put together a scoreless inning streak spanning 21 innings from the fourth inning of a game on February 15 vs. Utah to the fourth of a game on March 8 at #26 Oklahoma State (four starts). The runs scored in the fourth innings of both games to start and stop the streak were unearned, as Welmon has not allowed an earned run over 27.1 innings from the end of the first inning on February 15 to the present.
LMU and Pepperdine will meet at 3 p.m. on Friday in Malibu, Calif. in a PCH Cup contest.