April 30, 2014

Eshelman Named NCBWA National Pitcher of the Week

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – The accolades keep on coming for Cal State Fullerton pitcher Thomas Eshelman, who was named the National Pitcher of the Week, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association announced Tuesday.

It was the third player of the week honor for Eshelman in two days as Collegiate Baseball also named him one of the Louisville Slugger National Players of the Week while the Big West Conference selected the sophomore as its pitcher of the week on Monday.

The Carlsbad, Calif. native tossed a 10-inning complete-game shutout on Friday night in the Titans 1-0 walk-off victory over Hawaii. He became the first Titans pitcher to toss 10 innings since Jason Windsor did so on May 21, 2004 in a 2-1 victory over Jered Weaver and Long Beach State.

Eshelman made just 122 pitches in the 10 frames, 99 of them going for strikes. He scattered six hits and struck out six without issuing a walk. He allowed just one runner to reach third base and four to advance to second on the night.

With the victory, Eshelman improved to 6-1 on the season and lowered his ERA to 1.88. He's allowed just three walks in 86.1 innings pitched while fanning 62 batters. He is allowing opponents to hit just .222 against him.

His 0.31 walks allowed per nine innings average ranks first in the country, as does his 20.67 strikeout-to-walk ratio. His three complete games rank him first in the Big West and 25th in the nation. He is also ranked third in the conference and 13th in the country with a 0.85 WHIP.