March 6, 2007
Dallas, Texas - The National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association announced Tuesday that Cal State Fullerton freshman Sean Urena was named their Pro-Line Athletic National Pitcher of the week for his performance against nationally-ranked Rice last Sunday.
This is the second national player of the week honor for the Titans' Sunday pitcher. He also earned the Big West Conference Pitcher of the Week.
The right-hander pitched his first-career complete game, one-hitting No. 6 Rice as Cal State Fullerton beat the Owls 6-1 in the series finale on Sunday. He carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning for the second week in a row, but it was broken up with a Jared Gayhart one-out triple. The right-hander from Rialto, Calif., retired 13 of the first 15 hitters he faced and then 14 of the last 15 after Gayhart's lone hit. Urena, who improves to 3-0 on the season, struck out a career-high six on 110 pitches and held the Owls to a .036 batting average.
With this week's honor, Urena automatically is named to the watch list for Roger Clemens Award, given to the national collegiate pitcher of the year, sponsored by the Greater Houston Baseball Organization.
Rounding out the weekly awards for the first-year hurler, Rivals.com named Urena its Freshman Pitcher of the Week while InsidePitching.com found his Mar. 4 outing worthy of its West Regional Performance of the Week.