WALLA WALLA, Wash. - Pete Stadmeyer, the ace of the Whitman College baseball pitching staff, has been named Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Week.
Stadmeyer, a 6-foot-3 junior southpaw from Silverton, Ore., was honored after hurling Whitman to a 3-1 victory over Whitworth University Sunday afternoon at Borleske Stadium. He held the Pirates to just four singles over seven innings while striking out two and walking one. The victory helped Whitman gain a split of its season-ending four-game series with Whitworth.
The Pirates manufactured their only run against Stadmeyer in the fourth inning, combining a hit-batter, single, sacrifice bunt and ground-out. After Whitworth moved a runner to third base with no outs in the seventh inning (thanks to a single, outfield error and wild pitch), the next three hitters failed to get the ball out of the infield as Stadmeyer finished strong.
Stadmeyer's batterymate, senior catcher Mike Rathwell (Phoenix, Ariz.), singled and later scored what proved to be the winning run in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Stadmeyer's gem followed sophomore Joe Rodhouse's nine-inning complete game victory on Saturday. Rodhouse, a right-hander from Phoenix, Ariz., scattered eight hits while surrendering four earned runs in an 8-5 Whitman victory.
In a pitcher's duel earlier this month against George Fox, one of the top teams in the NWC, Stadmeyer was the hard-luck loser in a 2-0 setback. Stadmeyer struck out a career-high nine batters in six innings in that game, giving up just six hits and one run. George Fox had just two hits in the first five innings.
Stadmeyer led the Whitman staff in strike-outs (40), starts (11) and complete games (three) this spring. He has made a total of 28 starts through his first three seasons. He played his prep ball at Silverton (Ore.) High School.